Former Arsenal striker Lukas Podolski has opened up about rumours of a potential move to Liverpool back in 2009 when he left Bayern Munich.
Podolski left the German giants after failing to cement a first-team spot under new boss Jurgen Klinsmann and ultimately ended up returning to hometown club Köln rather than moving to the Premier League.
However, in a Q&A with FourFourTwo magazine, Podolski has now revealed that it was not the Reds who were interested in him but Manchester City.
When asked if he had any regrets about his time at Bayern and if it was true that Liverpool tried to sign him, Podolski replied: "It wasn’t Liverpool; it was Manchester City around then.
"I met them in a hotel in Munich. I had other offers, from Germany and other countries, and could have earned more money, but I wanted to play for Köln again.
"I don’t like the way people talk about my time at Bayern. It was a nice experience. I was young, I played with top players, I scored lots of goals and I got plenty of assists."
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Podolski did eventually make the move to the Premier League, joining Arsenal after three seasons at Köln and establishing himself as a cult hero.
However, the forward believes he "deserved" to play more at the Emirates, adding: "I didn’t get enough game time; I felt that I performed well and didn’t get the minutes I deserved.
"On the other hand, if you look at my stats, I played in about 80 matches and was directly involved in a lot of goals by scoring or assisting."
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Also in this month’s issue, Cristiano Ronaldo closes in on becoming international football’s greatest goalscorer, Lukas Podolski answers your questions and the rise and fall of Michel Platini.
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