Playing for Liverpool is an honour that most footballers won’t be afforded during their career. Pulling on the red shirt has become an even more difficult feat to achieve since the arrival of Jürgen Klopp, as evidenced by Dani Ceballos claiming he turned down Liverpool because he didn’t match the philosophy.

Dani Ceballos has revealed that he turned down Liverpool before joining Arsenal.

Dani Ceballos has revealed that he turned down Liverpool before joining Arsenal. (Photo by David Price/Arsenal FC via Getty Images)

Last July, Arsenal brought in Real Madrid midfielder Dani Ceballos on a season long loan.

The 23-year-old Spanish midfielder arrived with the promise of rejuvenating a stagnant Gooners side that was without a creative spark in the middle.

He has seen his North London career hampered by injuries and managerial changes. Hamstring trouble kept him out of the side for a while and he has failed to win over Mikel Arteta, making just one appearance from the bench since November.

In total, Ceballos has made just seven league starts for Arsenal.

Speaking to Marca in Spain, Ceballos has revealed he turned down Liverpool over the summer, saying:

“I was proud to have a club like Liverpool after me, but I chose Arsenal because of Unai Emery and how he was with me.

“Klopp is a great coach but you have to see the game philosophy of each team.


“Right now players of my philosophy of play wouldn’t fit in a team like Liverpool in the best possible way.”

What RTK has to say

This is encouraging reading for Kopites.

Dani Ceballos didn’t think he was up to the task of playing for Jürgen Klopp’s Liverpool.

Can you blame him? It doesn’t look easy playing for Jürgen’s Reds. Moving to Anfield would be a particularly difficult transition for those coming from La Liga – going from a league based around possession and a low intensity to playing in a high pressing system would be a shock to the system.

This says a lot about how Liverpool are perceived by the rest of the footballing world at the moment, it’s not even a case of “if you can’t beat them, join them” – players don’t feel they can join, it looks like too hard a job apparently.

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