Friday 9 December 2016

Liverpool target Simon Kjaer rejects Anfield - because he wants trophies

Published 19/06/2015 | 14:59

Simon Kjaer, right, says he turned down a move to Liverpool as he wants to win trophies Photo: AP
Simon Kjaer, right, says he turned down a move to Liverpool as he wants to win trophies Photo: AP

Liverpool have missed out on signing Denmark international Simon Kjaer - after he decided he wanted to play for a club that can win titles.

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Kjaer, 26, has decided to join Turkish club Fenerbahce, where he signed a four-year contract on Wednesday.

 Kjaer's family are Liverpool supporters and he claimed there was genuine interest from the club in signing him, but said the prospect of winning silverware in Turkey was too strong a temptation.

"It's not a secret that my family are Liverpool fans, and a move to Liverpool would make my family happy.

"Liverpool wanted me, but I want championships, I want to win trophies. Fenerbahce's goals this season are big, and it was explained to me very well."

Liverpool are in the market for defensive reinforcements this summer.

Martin Skrtel is on the verge of signing a new contract with the club, despite initially hitting out at their offer of new terms, but the performances of Mamadou Sakho and Emre Can in Brendan Rodgers' back-line last season were causes for concern.

Rodgers also lost Daniel Agger last year, and saw right-back Glen Johnson leave Anfield on a free transfer.

Rodgers does want to sign Nathaniel Clyne from Southampton, although the St Mary's club want £15million for the England defender.

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