Turkish winger Koc speaks of regrets at Liverpool transfer snub

Date published: Saturday 18th July 2020 11:27 - James Marshment

Anil Koc

Kasimpasa winger Anil Koc has blamed self doubts on his decision to reject a transfer to Liverpool earlier in his career.

The Belgian-born star made his name in the game at Standard Liege and it was there that the Reds made their move.

The player was just 16 at the time and he admits Standard’s plans to fastrack him into their side caused him to snub the approach.

Koc would later move to Charlton and then Sint-Truiden on loan. His career then took him to Turkey, via Holland and Lithuania.

However, Koc wonders where his career might have gone had he joined Liverpool when approached in 2011.

Speaking to Walfoot (via Sport Witness), Koc said: “Everything was in place for me to pierce through there and succeed, but Guy Luzon didn’t count on me. I was put to one side and sent to Charlton. It was tough mentally because you wonder what’s going on.

“Then, you come back and the manager hasn’t changed his mind and hop, you’re off to Sint-Truiden in the second-tier. That’s when you tell yourself you could have been playing for Liverpool.

“Yes, I could have joined the Reds. I even visited the facilities, but Standard and Luciano D’Onofrio knocked on my door with a good career plan. Ultimately, I decided to stay in Belgium. I doubted myself during that complicated period, and wanted to leave Belgium to find myself again.”

 

Liverpool in for Victor Osimhen

The race for Victor Osimhen is “all over” after Jurgen Klopp personally asked Liverpool to move for the striker.

Osimhen is likely to move away from Lille this summer after scoring 18 goals in 38 games in his debut season.

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He was expected to sign for Napoli – but now one journalist claims a move to Anfield is on.

However, Osimhen’s change of agent complicated proceedings, forcing Napoli to start negotiations from scratch.

What’s more, the new agent has reportedly contacted Liverpool and Manchester United, two other clubs linked with his signature.

Now, RAI Sport journalist Ciro Venerato has revealed that Klopp has “officially” asked to sign Osimhen. Indeed, the reporter also states the striker still had doubts about moving to Italy.

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