Arsenal midfielder Dani Ceballos has stated that he turned down the opportunity to sign for Liverpool in the summer.
Ceballos, who joined Arsenal from Real Madrid on a season-long loan this season, has been relatively solid for the Gunners.
However, it has been revealed that things could have been very different for the midfielder, as he turned down the opportunity to sign for Liverpool in favour of Arsenal.
Ceballos felt his style of play suited Unai Emery’s system, who was the manager of Arsenal at the time the midfielder signed on a season-long loan. However, Emery has been sacked since.
“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,” Ceballos said, as quoted by Goal.
“Right now, I wouldn’t fit in at Liverpool very well. Unai was key to me being at Arsenal. I went to play at a club like Arsenal because, apart from the fact that it’s a massive club.
“Unai practically came to my house to tell me that he loved me as a player, that he’s been in love with me since I played for Betis.
“Klopp is a great coach but you have to look at the playing philosophy of each team. Right now, my style of play wouldn’t fit in the best possible way in a team like Liverpool. Still, being linked to the best teams just shows I am doing things right.”
Considering that Liverpool have some serious depth in midfield, it is unlikely that Ceballos would have been a starter in Jurgen Klopp’s team.
It is interesting to hear Ceballos suggest that his style of play does not suit Klopp’s system. In the end, it was probably a good thing that Liverpool didn’t end up signing a player that felt his game didn’t suit the way Klopp played.