PSV Eindhoven - Liverpool DID want Memphis Depay

SoccerBy Kevin Palmer
Was Rodgers kept in the dark over Liverpool's moves to sign Memphis Depay?
Was Rodgers kept in the dark over Liverpool's moves to sign Memphis Depay?

PSV Eindhoven have confirmed that Liverpool held transfer negotiations over a deal to sign Memphis Depay, in what is an embarrassing revelation for Reds boss Brendan Rodgers.

Depay agreed to join Manchester United in a £25m deal last Thursday, with Rodgers quick to insist the media had invented stories suggesting his club wanted to sign the 21-year-old Dutch international.

"Unfortunately for you guys (the media), it wasn't one we were ever interested in," stated Rodgers when asked about Depay. "He's obviously a talented young player, but we already have four wingers at the club."

However, PSV Eindhoven have now moved to contradict those comments from Rodgers, as they insist they were in detailed talks with the Anfield club over Depay.

"There was a lot of interest in him. Finally we spoke with three clubs and we made contact," said PSV Technical Director Marcel Brands.

"They knew what we wanted and then it was up to the player to choose the club where he wanted to play.

"I didn't speak with Brendan Rodgers. I had contact with Ian Ayre (Liverpool CEO). I know there were some problems with (Daniel) Sturridge, maybe that changed the decision.

"I don't know. I'm not in the club of Liverpool. I don't know what the policies are inside, but Man United were very fast and that changed the decision for Memphis. He made the final decision. He made his choice. We are happy with the transfer to Man United."

It can only be assumed that Rodgers was trying to avoid the suggestion that he had lost out in the race for Depay when he distanced himself from links with the player, as they alternative version of this story could only be that the Liverpool manager was unaware of the club's move to sign the player.

If it does transpire that Rodgers is not being kept informed over transfer negotiations, his influence in the decision making process at Liverpool would have to be called into question.