Ante Coric has revealed that he was a medical away from joining Liverpool this summer, but the lure of Champions League football was too much to turn down.
Liverpool was linked with signing Coric for much of the early stages of the transfer window, but the Croatian midfielder has revealed that he didn’t join the Merseyside club as the opportunity to play in the Champions League with Dinamo Zagreb was too good to turn down.
The belief was that, despite interest from Spurs and Manchester City, Coric had undergone a medical with Liverpool but, according to quotes found on Goal, the negotiations never reached that point.
“I am happy such big clubs want me, but I want to play with my favourite team in the Champions League,” Coric said.
“It was up to me to decide, all I needed to do was a medical, but I want to stay at Dinamo, where I can give a lot more.”
His comments are an indication of how Liverpool still need to go before being re-established as a heavyweight of any kind. If the club can’t attract a 19-year old without Champions League football then it’s really damning.