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Marseille’s Duje Caleta-Car Answers Questions on Failed Liverpool Transfer

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The 24-year-old Croatian international was set to move on deadline day buy Marseille couldn’t find a replacement.

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Liverpool needed to bring in centre half reinforcements in January and, though the signings came late, in the end they managed to do just that with the arrivals of Ozan Kabak and Ben Davies.

However, they were also linked with a number of other moves, including one for Marseille’s 24-year-old Croatian international Duje Caleta-Car. Today, the player confirmed the Reds’ approach.

“I received an offer from Liverpool,” Caleta-Car said when asked about reports of a deadline day offer from the Reds. “Today there is the Champions League [game] and am going to watch.

“It was an honour for me to know that such a club wanted me. We decided with the club that I was going to stay. Marseille is also a great club and I still have a lot of improving to do here.”

It’s likely the player is putting some spin on the story, as most reports had the deal agreed but Marseille needing to sign a last-minute replacement and pulling the plug when they couldn’t.

That failure means Caleta-Car will be watch the Reds in the Champions League rather than perhaps playing tonight—and gave a chance for at least one of Kabak or Davies to arrive in his place.