Former Red Nicolas Anelka has opened up on his Liverpool departure.
Anelka arrived at Liverpool on loan from Paris Saint-Germain in 2002. Liverpool did not end up signing Anelka on a permanent basis.
Anelka has stated that he wanted to stay at Anfield, as he believes that he could have achieved “great things” at the club.
“I waited but nothing happened. Liverpool fans think I didn’t want to stay,” Anelka said in a new Netflix documentary about his life, which has been posted on Reddit.
“They need to know that wasn’t the case. I really wanted to stay. And that’s why that episode was tragic for me – because it’s a club where I really could have done great things.”
ANFIELD WATCH VERDICT
Anelka departed Liverpool having only spent six months at the club. The Frenchman scored five goals and registered two assists in 22 appearances for the Reds.
It is a shame that Liverpool did not sign Anelka on a permanent basis. He eventually signed for Chelsea where he showed his worth.
Anelka scored 59 goals and registered 38 assists in 184 appearances for the Blues. That highlights that Liverpool did possess a very good player, but they failed to get the best out of him.
We agree that Anelka could have achieved special things at Anfield, but it was not meant to be. Every football club is bound to make a mistake in the transfer market at some point.