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The big reason why I “dumped” Liverpool- Anelka

Timothy Aiyeku

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One player Liverpool fans would love to remain at Anfield is Nicolas Anelka after he joined the club on loan but refused to sign a permanent deal as expected.

Anelka arrived at Anfield in December 2001 from French Ligue 1 side Paris Saint Germain and was impressive, scoring five goals in 22 appearances but more to that was his eye-catching performance the fans wanted to keep seeing.

According to Anelka, both clubs had agreed on a deal to go down and he wanted it because his experience in the short stint at the club was amazing especially with the connection he had with the fans. He looked forward to that.

Anelka therefore, revealed that a deal failed to happen because Gerrard Houllier did not want to pay a reasonable salary and developed cold feet, even after agreeing on personal terms.

The former Arsenal player, therefore, expressed his regret for not playing for Liverpool for a long time because it was an experience he looked forward to that never happened.

Howbeit, Anelka went ahead to join Man City in that summer window before his spell at Bolton Wanderers, Chelsea, and later West Brom before leaving the English Premier League.

Timothy Aiyeku is a Mass Communication graduate from the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria. He is a sports, everything football analyst.