Eredivisie defender reveals he rejected Liverpool chance

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Heerenveen defender Kenny Otigba has revealed he snubbed the chance to join Liverpool last year - despite his mum telling him he should join the Anfield club.

The 21-year-old Heerenveen star eventually moved to Holland to play in the Eredivisie rather than join Liverpool in the Premier League.

Speaking to Voetbal International, as reported by Sky Sports, Otigba admitted it's his dream to play in England one day, but the opportunity to join Liverpool last year just came at the wrong time.

"My mum told me to go to Liverpool but my agent was more realistic," he said. "He said the Dutch school is better than the English.

"But English football has always been my dream."

Otigba, who was born in Nigeria, has played for Hungary under-21s in the past but recently rejected a call-up, justifying the decision by saying he wanted to concentrate on his football with Heerenveen.

He's also eligible to play for Nigeria, and the report claims the Nigerian Football Association have been monitoring his performances in Holland.

And Otigba has been excellent under Netherlands legend Marco van Basten at Heerenveen, scoring two goals in 11 appearances for the Dutch club this season.

Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers has bought three central defenders over the past six months, bringing Kolo Toure, Mamadou Sakho and Tiago Ilori to Anfield over the summer.

Liverpool face Fulham at Anfield on Saturday afternoon.

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