Alex McCarthy reveals reason behind Liverpool snub

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Former-Reading goalkeeper Alex McCarthy has revealed the reason why he snubbed Liverpool for Premier League new boys Queens Park Rangers.

Just before the deadline McCarthy, in his last year of his contract at the Madejski Stadium, joined Harry Redknapp at Loftus Road as competition for former-England international Rob Green for £3m.

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Liverpool interest

It's widely been reported that Reading received around £3m for the goalkeeper, who has been tipped for an England call-up himself.

Liverpool were keen on signing him as cover for Simon Mignolet, but following the snub the Reds look to have agreed a contract with free agent Victor Valdes.

But McCarthy has no regrets and insists he made the decision purely for football reasons.

"Obviously Liverpool historically are a massive club, but I wanted to go with QPR," McCarthy said as reported by Sky Sports. "I feel like I'm going to play more here and that was the reason.

"The first thing is to get back playing again and put myself in the position to get forward for England.

"I want to be at the top for as many years as I can, like Rob Green. He's had an unbelievable career and is still playing now. He's in great shape. I want to follow in those footsteps."

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England call-up

The 24-year-old stopper has been called up to the England squad in the past, back in the summer of 2013, but he has since been overtaken by the likes of Fraser Forster after Reading and McCarthy dropped out of the Premier League.

As for Liverpool, it's been claimed that behind the scenes Liverpool are not entirely happy with the performances of Mignolet. The Belgian international is one of the best shot-stoppers in the top flight, but doubts remain over his suitability to play in Brendan Rodgers' system.

The Liverpool boss wants a keeper comfortable playing out from the back, something Mignolet has not looked too keen on doing since joining from Sunderland.

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