German striker Max Kruse has revealed that he once came close to joining Liverpool on a free transfer.
Kruse was speaking on a YouTube video with Die Kruses when he shared the news.
“I was also on the phone with Jurgen Klopp at the time,” Kruse said,
“It all became clear that I would move to Liverpool. It would, of course, have been the highlight of my career. But then things developed differently.
“At the time, (Daniel) Sturridge and Origi were supposed to be sold. But one of them then scored in the Champions League semi-finals and the final. After that, (Liverpool said) we’ll keep him and, unfortunately, we can’t sign you.”
Kruse was a controversial figure in German football, but his goal scoring abilities were never in doubt. Now a free agent after he was released from Wolfsburg last week it will be interesting to see where Kruse plays his football next. Kruse, a keen poker player, once revealed that he left €75,000 in a taxi after playing a poker event. He was handed a €25,000 fine by Wolfsburg to add to his woes at the time.
The 34-year-old scored an impressive 162 career goals in over 500 senior appearances.