Lyon defender Marcelo has confirmed that he was in talks with Liverpool over a potential transfer in the previous January window.
The 33-year-old centre-back has spoken with Canal Plus, stating that his agent was indeed in communication with the English champions over a potential move.
This follows reports from French publication L’Equipe, claiming that Marcelo rejected Liverpool because he was only offered a six-month contract.
The former Everdivisie and Bundesliga man is out of contract this summer, but has seemingly expressed a lack of long-term commitment from other interested clubs.
Marcelo has a wealth of experience on his footballing CV across Europe, following spells with Wisla Krakow, PSV Eindhoven, Hannover, Besiktas and Lyon.
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Still, this wasn’t enough to convince the Brazil-born defender that Anfield was the next destination to take his footballing talents.
He has since expressed his intent to remain with Lyon beyond the 2020/21 campaign, with Liverpool instead choosing to look elsewhere for central defensive cover.
“I hope we will find a solution soon! I feel good here, I feel that I can give more to Lyon,” said Marcelo.
“Over time, I hope that we will find a good solution, Liverpool? My agent spoke with them, but I feel good here. My dream is to win the championship with Lyon,” he added.
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As we’ve stated before, the prospect of signing Marcelo would have been beneficial, especially from a short-term perspective.
He has just under 200 appearances in Europe’s top-five leagues, after all, which is significantly higher than both of Liverpool’s January deadline-day recruits.
The Reds instead chose to sign Ozan Kabak and Ben Davies to bolster a defensive line that is currently without Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez, Joel Matip, Fabinho and Jordan Henderson.
Both deals were sanctioned at a relatively low-price, which suits Liverpool financially given the ramifications that have come from the pandemic.
Especially in the case of Kabak, there is long-term value to be had in a defender, who only turns 21 next month.
Yes, Marcelo offers more immediate qualities, but Liverpool prefer a more strategic way of thinking when doing their business in the transfer market.
From a financial viewpoint, it certainly seems that sporting director Michael Edwards made the right decision.