Brentford winger Sergi Canos has revealed why he turned down an offer from Liverpool to sign a long-term deal in 2016.
The 21-year-old began his career in Barcelona’s famed academy before heading to Anfield as a 16-year-old back in 2013.
After spells on loan with his current club and Norwich, Canos returned to the Reds late in the 2015-16 campaign and made what turned out to be his only Premier League appearance for Liverpool against West Brom on the final day of the season.
But halfway through that season, the attacker decided he did not want to commit his future to Jurgen Klopp’s men.
He told The Guardian: “When I was 16 Liverpool came and I took that opportunity.
“After Christmas I took the decision I didn’t want to sign a new contract with Liverpool. They offered me five years more but I didn’t want to. I didn’t want to be one more; I wanted to be important and I didn’t want to go on loan again.
“To sign for five more years at Liverpool, it meant that my career was going to depend on Liverpool, them making decisions for me.
“They didn’t offer me the opportunity to try and train and play for the first team.
“I made my debut but it wasn’t a good thing, I don’t think. It was a good thing because then they could sell me for £2.5m to Norwich.”
Canos eventually moved back to Brentford in January 2017 and has not looked back since, with Dean Smith’s men going well in the Championship and eyeing promotion to the Premier League.
When asked if the Bees can reach the big time, he added: ” Is it possible? Yes, of course. You just have to come to Griffin Park and watch us play.”
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