German keeper rejected Liverpool transfer

Date published: Tuesday 12th September 2017 4:21 - Matthew Briggs

Cologne goalkeeper Timo Horn claims he turned down the chance to sign for Liverpool as a teenager.

Horn, 24, is preparing to face Arsenal in the Europa League on Thursday and revealed he was wanted by Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez almost 10 years ago.

The 24-year-old goalkeeper was linked with moves to Liverpool and Arsenal in January 2016, but he has admitted he had already turned down a move while he was a teenager.

“In principle the thought of moving to England is appealing but it’s not something I’m thinking about right now.

“I can’t rule it out completely. I often had chances and offers to move to England as a youth player, but in my opinion the best goalkeeping education is here in Germany which is why I’ve always stayed,” Horn told The Independent.

“At the age of 15 or 16, Liverpool were very interested in me. But I didn’t go there because I felt the goalkeeping schooling in Germany was much better and I had enough examples, for instance Ron-Robert Zieler who came back after a year (at Leicester), and that’s why I stayed in Koln. It definitely wasn’t the wrong decision.”

Horn was linked to Anfield 18 months agao as a replacement for the under-fire Simon Mignolet, but he admitted there was no firm interest from the Reds.

“Jurgen Klopp has already said it all,” Horn told his club’s official website at the time.

“There are no concrete offers and it’s not something I’m worrying myself with.

“I’m a player of FC Koln and am concentrating fully on my task here.”

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