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Lyon defender Marcelo has his say on the proposed interest from Liverpool

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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What RTK has to say

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.

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