Striker lifts lid on transfer snub: This is why I rejected Liverpool

BRAZILIAN forward Cleverson Cordova has given an insight into the opportunity he had to join Liverpool in 2011.

The 31-year-old striker, who now plays for Brazilian side Goias, had the chance to move to Anfield when Roy Hodgson was in charge.

The former England boss had attempted to snap up Cordova, who is more commonly known as Cleo, when he was at Serbian side Partizan Belgrade.

But Cleo opted to move to Chinese Super League side Guangzhou Evergrande instead.

“It was a situation where I had to go, I had no choice,” he told ESPN Brazil.

“This bid from China was of a lot of money. I was the most expensive transfer of the Chinese league at that time!

“It was then that they began to invest heavily in foreigners. But for that I had to give up on many offers from Europe, such as Liverpool, Fiorentina, Lyon and Marseille.”

Cleo spent three years in China, scoring 17 league goals in 38 appearances before returning to play in his native Brazil.

But the striker doesn’t regret his decision to pick a move to the Far East over England.

He added: “I could be playing in Europe nowadays, but I wouldn’t have financially got what I did in four years in China.

“I would have to play a whole career in Europe and work as a coach to get close to that.

“Of course it was very difficult because it’s everyone’s dream to play for a major European club, especially after Roy Hodgson called me a ‘goal machine’.

“But I don’t regret it. I secured my financial independence.”

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