West Ham's Mohamed Diame has claimed that he could have gone to Liverpool, before eventually ending up in East London.

The Senegalese International said that had Kenny Dalglish not been sacked, he would have been playing in red, rather than claret following his release from Wigan in 2012.

"In my head I was already in Liverpool," said Diame, speaking to the Daily Star. "It was next, I told everyone that I was there. It was as if one of my greatest wishes - to wear the Liverpool shirt - had been accomplished.

"One day my agent and I went to the training centre to see Kenny Dalglish, who was the coach.

"I found myself amongst photos of Gerrard and company, all these great players. I was proud of myself.

"I arrived in the office and Dalglish said 'I can't guarantee you'll play every match but we have a lot of games to play.'

"So I went on holiday expecting my agent to make contact with Liverpool's management to discuss the financial arrangements.

"Unfortunately, Dalglish was fired and all negotiations stopped.

"I told myself that God wanted it that way and that is not a reason for me to stop work. It will happen one day," he said.

Diame has been a very influential player since joining the Hammers and is regularly called upon by manager Sam Allardyce to try and force an impact on the game.

Allardyce has, on a number of occasions, expressed his desire to keep Diame in London, despite the midfielder's release clause of £3.5m. 

According to Diame, there has been interest from a number of clubs, but claims that Arsenal  came the closest to luring him away over the summer.

"I was thinking of going to Arsenal but it didn't happen so I stayed at West Ham, because I felt good here.

"Plus, after this season we had had I thought the club would buy some better players.

"But it was a very bad start and we made ​​the mistake of not recruiting [sufficiently].

"We went through the season with almost the same players [as last year], which is never good because the players think they already know who will be wearing the shirt.

"Also, people didn't necessarily give 100 per cent on the field, that's what got us in trouble," said Diame.

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