By Harvey Byrne
Newcastle attacking midfielder Mohamed Diame has said that he thought a move to Liverpool was done in 2012 before Brendan Rodgers ended up taking over from Kenny Dalglish.
The now 29-year-old attacker has been a regular in English football after making the move across from Rayo Vallecano in 2009 to then Premier League side Wigan.
He has since featured for each of West Ham, Hull and the Magpies during his eight-year stay in England, but he has now told that it could have been a much different career for himself with the departure of Dalglish costing him a move to the Reds.
The former Senegal international has told that he went to the Liverpool training ground after his contract ended at Wigan in 2012 and that he thought a deal to Merseyside was done but for Rodgers’ appointment.
“The Arsenal links were true, but nothing came of it and I’m not sure why,” told Diame to ESPN.
“I wanted to go there, for me it was a big move, but God decided it was not the way.
“The same happened with Liverpool when I left Wigan [in 2012]. They almost took me on a free transfer; I even went to the training ground, met Kenny Dalglish and a move was very close. I thought it was done! We discussed pre-season and everything, but shortly after they sacked Dalglish and Brendan Rodgers came in.”
Diame has made a grand total of 179 Premier League appearances during his career, scoring 16 goals while providing seven himself.
He also helped Newcastle win the Championship last season with former Liverpool manager Rafa Benitez, playing in 37 league games for the north east giants, bringing a return of three goals and three assists.
Given the way his career has gone it is unlikely he will have made himself a star for the Reds, but quality coaching from the Liverpool coaching staff may have helped him bring out what Dalglish was initially attracted to.
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