This story may leave Brendan Rodgers with egg on his face. There has been intense speculation for the last few weeks about the future of Holland star Memphis Depay.
With Manchester United agreeing, on Thursday, to sign the player in the summer, Rodgers said in his press conference on Friday that his club had no interest in taking the player:
“It wasn’t something we were ever interested in. We have other priorities.”
But that isn’t how things unfolded according to PSV technical director, Marcel Brands, who asserted that the Merseyside giants were indeed keen on signing the Dutch league’s top scorer:
“Liverpool contacted us and talked with the player. They were also one of the clubs interested but at the end Memphis had the final decision and he chose Manchester United.
Barring a complete loss of form in the last 3 games of the season, Manchester United look set to beat their biggest rivals to the last place in The Champions League this season and this latest set back will rub salt into the wounds of a club who were inches from winning their first title in a quarter of a century last May, but who may well find themselves out of Europe’s biggest competition come September.
With Rodgers under huge pressure to succeed at his club, this latest news may leave his future even more uncertain. If the club didn’t want him then the question that most fans will be asking is, Why?
This is one of the best young talents in the world and would have injected pace and invention into a side that has seriously struggled to cope with the departure of Luis Suarez to Barcelona last summer.
More likely Rodgers wanted to save face instead of admitting that he lost out to Manchester United over Depay. But the timing of the statements from him and PSV leaves him in with something of a PR headache.