Liverpool declined to make an offer for midfielder Marcos Llorente because his position was already covered in the Reds squad, according to the Daily Mail.

The 24-year-old made just 12 appearances for Real Madrid last season before joining Atletico Madrid for €36million.

Despite rising through the ranks at Real, the player was deemed surplus to requirements with the La Liga giants and was allowed to move on.

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Llorente’s agent and uncle, Julio, recently revealed that the player was offered to Liverpool before making the cross-city switch, but Jurgen Klopp chose not to pursue him.

“I contacted several clubs to let them know what had happened, the conversation that Zidane and Marcos had,” Julio Llorente told Cadena SER.

“One of them was Liverpool, but Marcos’ position was covered and it wasn’t a priority. But Atlético are those who perhaps took the strongest step and convinced us. I think we’re right. I hope it’s like that, I hope Marcos does very well.”

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