Liverpool transfer target honoured at offer as defender explains Klopp snub

Date published: Tuesday 16th February 2021 2:14 - Jonny Whitfield

Duje Caleta-Car Marseille v Nimes January 2021

Marseille centre-back Duje Caleta-Car has confirmed that Liverpool made a January transfer offer to bring him to Anfield.

The Reds began the recent window with no senior centre-backs; Joel Matip picked up a groin issue in late December to add to long-term issues to Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez.

But despite the Cameroonian returning, he suffered serious ankle ligament damage against Tottenham. As such, Liverpool endured a hectic deadline day, securing two centre-back deals.

Ozan Kabak and Ben Davies joined, from Schalke and Preston respectively. However, several other names supposedly entered the radar of club chiefs, including Caleta-Car.

Reports suggested that the 24-year-old had travelled to Marseille Province Airport ready to fly to Liverpool.

While the Croatian did not open up on such speculation, he confirmed in a press conference (via the Liverpool Echo) on Tuesday that the Reds did make an offer.

“Today, there is the Champions League, and I am going to watch the two games Barcelona v Paris Saint-Germain and RB Leipzig v Liverpool],” he said.

“I received an offer from Liverpool. It was an honour for me to know that such a club wanted me.

Dimitri Payet, Duje Caleta-Car Marseille v Olympiacos December 2020

“We decided with the club that I was going to stay.

“Marseille is also a great club and I still have a lot of improving to do here.”

Caleta-Car, who moved to the Ligue 1 club in 2018, has played 21 top-flight games this season, keeping five clean sheets.

Kabak, meanwhile, endured a tough debut for Liverpool last Saturday. The Turkey international got into a mix-up with goalkeeper Alisson Becker as Leicester won 3-1.

Davies has yet to play after picking up a small knock.

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