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Liverpool were close to signing a left back from SPAIN before they found Robertson: Why did the deal NOT happen?

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Former Real Betis defender Riza Durmisi has revealed he was close to joining Liverpool in 2017. 

Merseyside club almost offered a contract to the 26-year-old left back. The transfer, however, eventually failed, because Liverpool could not sell Alberto Moreno that summer.

The condition for signing Durmisi was Moreno’s sale. 

“After my first year in Betis you could see that something was happening. I had an official offer from Liverpool.” Durmisi told tibsbladet (cited by LiverpoolECHO)

“Moreno chose to stay. They had to get rid of him before it could happen, and that’s what I was waiting for.” he added. 

Moreno joined Liverpool in 2014, but failed to make an impact. Neither Brendan Rodgers nor Jurgen Klopp considered him as a starting lineup player. 

The Spaniard eventually left Liverpool in 2019 to join Villarreal. It is interesting that in the same year that Durmisi’s move failed, Reds signed Andrew Robertson from Hull City. A deal that is now considered a masterpiece by Liverpool, when assessing Robertson’s impact on the club’s recent successes.

Durmisi, on the other hand, left Betis in 2018 to join SS Lazio. He now plays for French side Nice on loan terms. 

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