By Alex Taylor
Brazilian star Cléverson Córdova has revealed money was the reason that he turned down a move to Liverpool in 2011.
Córdova, 31, was a target for former Reds boss Roy Hodgson five years ago when he was scoring frequently for Partizan in the Serbian top flight.
The forward, who now plays football in Brazil for Goiás, rejected the chance to move to the Premier League in favour of Chinese outfit Guangzhou Evergrande.
“It was a situation where I had to go, I had no choice,” Córdova told ESPN. “This bid from China was of a lot of money. I was the most expensive transfer of the Chinese league at that time.
“It was then that they began to invest heavily in foreigners. But for that I had to give up on many offers from Europe, such as Liverpool, Fiorentina, Lyon and Marseille.”
Córdova began a trend of top players moving to China and has since been followed east by the likes of Graziano Pelle, Tim Cahill, Demba Ba, Ezequiel Lavezzi and Ramires.
The centre-forward has impressive career stats after bagging 98 goals and 34 assists in 242 matches as a player.
The striker has played for seven different teams throughout his career including Partizan Belgrade, Red Star Belgrade and Atlético Paranaense.