PSV Eindhoven's technical director Marcel Brands has confirmed that Liverpool did hold talks with the Dutch club over the prospective signing of Memphis Depay before Manchester United reached agreement with the Eredivisie champions for the fleet-footed forward's services last week.
The 53-year-old's comments completely contradict what was previously said by Reds boss Brendan Rodgers, who claimed he had no interest in bringing the 21-year-old to Anfield following the recent announcement that the Red Devils had won the £25 million race for his signature.
However, the Northern Irishman has been made to look pretty stupid after Brands revealed Liverpool did in fact enquire about the Netherlands international's availability, after detailing discussions he had with the Merseyside club's chief executive officer Ian Ayre.
"There was a lot of interest in him," Brands was quoted saying by the Daily Star. "Finally we spoke with three clubs and we made contact.
"I didn't speak with Brendan Rodgers. I had contact with Ian Ayre. [But] I know there were some problems with [Daniel] Sturridge, maybe that changed the decision."
The latest revelations will come as a bitter blow to Liverpool supporters as they learn the club missed out on another high-profile target - the latest in a growing number of deals they failed to get over the line after being pipped by one of their Premier League rivals.
If Rodgers was indeed interest in signing Depay then surely he would've been better to come clean from the outset, rather than risk looking really foolish when the finer details inevitably came to light.
Liverpool's problems in the final third of the pitch have been well documented ever since the departure of leading marksman Luis Suarez last summer, with summer signings Mario Balotelli and Rickie Lambert both failing to have the required impact.
Meanwhile, Daniel Sturridge's campaign has been plagued by a number of injury problems which has left the Reds short on a regular goalscoring threat.
Depay - who has scored 25 goals in 25 appearances in all competitions for PSV this season - would've certainly strengthened Liverpool's attacking armoury, so it's a great shame for them they missed out on another exciting young talent, particularly to Manchester United.
Of course, Louis van Gaal knows the player well from his time coaching Holland's national team, and that probably proved decisive in securing the Old Trafford transfer ahead of the summer window.
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