On-loan Arsenal midfielder Dani Ceballos has told Marca that he turned Liverpool down to sign for the Gunners during the summer.
The 23-year-old joined the Gunners in a season-long deal from Real Madrid, despite admiring glances from Jurgen Klopp.
Ceballos hasn’t enjoyed the best of seasons at the Emirates Stadium, missing a large chunk of it through injury.
He has returned to the bench in recent weeks but it remains to see what plans Mikel Arteta has for him.
The midfielder could have joined Liverpool but chose Arsenal due to their style of play.
He told Marca: “I was proud to have a club like Liverpool after me, but I chose Arsenal because of Unai Emery and how he was with me. Right now, I wouldn’t fit in at Liverpool very well.
“The confidence of a coach is key to giving your best performance. Unai told me that I would be important with him at Arsenal and I didn’t have any doubts about going there.
“Klopp is a great coach but you have to look at the playing philosophy of each team. Right now, my style of play wouldn’t fit in the best possible way in a team like Liverpool. Still, being linked to the best teams in the world just shows I’m doing things right.”
Ceballos will hope to make his mark back on the Arsenal team after the winter break.
The Spaniard has been a huge loss for the Gunners and with the team currently languishing in 10th place they need a boost from somewhere.
It’s hardly likely to worry Liverpool supporters too much that Ceballos turned them down.
Jurgen Klopp’s team are 22 points clear at the top of the Premier League and are still on the march in the Champions League and FA Cup.
It seems unlikely that Ceballos will make his deal at the Emirates Stadium permanent, largely down to the managerial change which has taken place.
The £51,000-a-week ace has made it clear that he signed for Arsenal because of Emery and with Arteta now in place, he may want to add his own players in the summer.