Norwich fullback Dimitris Giannoulis has revealed that he had no idea Liverpool were previously interested in signing him from PAOK.
According to Gazzetta, former PAOK boss Abel Ferreira confirmed that Liverpool wanted to sign the Greek international last summer.
Giannoulis, however, says that he did not realise Liverpool were one of the clubs trying to land him. He says that he spoke with Ferreira about some of the clubs he could sign for, but Liverpool were not one of them.
Speaking to Gazzetta, Giannoulis reacted to the news that Liverpool showed interest in him. “I did not know about Liverpool.
“We had talked and he told me that there were teams that wanted me, but I did not know about Liverpool.”
ANFIELD WATCH VERDICT
Liverpool did end up signing a Greek international fullback to compete with Andy Robertson; it just wasn’t Giannoulis. Kostas Tsimikas joined Liverpool for £11.70m last summer and has struggled with form and injuries at Anfield this season. Tsimikas has played five minutes of Premier League football and Robertson has started every single match so far in the league.
Giannoulis, meanwhile, is set to sign for Norwich at the start of the next transfer window for £6.75m, having been on loan to the East Anglian club since January. The 25-year-old has averaged a WhoScored rating of 6.96 across 15 Championship appearances for Norwich to help them win the division this year. He has also impressed for the Greek national team, with an average rating of 7.24 across four Nations League games for his country.
Tsimikas, on the other hand, averaged a score of 6.74 in two Nations League appearances for Greece. This suggests that Giannoulis is ahead of Tsimikas in the pecking order for Greece whilst also performing to a higher standard than the Liverpool man. Given that Tsimikas cost Liverpool just under £4m more than Norwich are set to pay for Giannoulis, the Reds may wonder whether or not they missed a trick by passing up on Giannoulis.
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