Prior to his move from Genk to Bayer Leverkusen, Leon Bailey caught the attention of some of Europe’s biggest clubs including Liverpool.
And the 21-year-old has since come out to confirm he turned down the chance to join Jurgen Klopp’s side as well as Manchester City, Manchester United and Chelsea.
Speaking in an interview with Four-Four-Two, Bailey said: “Manchester United, City, Chelsea, Liverpool – a lot of clubs were interested. But the most important thing as a pro is taking things a step at a time and not rushing to the top too quickly. Because once you get there, where do you go next?
“I believe the right timing is important, and it was the right moment to be at Bayer Leverkusen. They are a tremendous club with so much history. A lot of good players have come from there; they can get into the Champions League and are always doing well. So why not them? It was the perfect move for me and I’m happy I made it.”
At Bayer Leverkusen, Bailey has progressed significantly as a footballer, making his decision to join the Bundesliga outfit a wise one. At either Liverpool, Manchester United, Manchester City or Chelsea, the winger’s development could have easily been stunted with competition at each club so fierce.
The Jamaican, though, may now feel he is ready to play for one of English football’s giants. And if so, Liverpool should strongly consider making another move for the former Genk man.
Thanks to Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino, the Reds are already blessed with some outstanding talent in attack, something which £40.5m-rated (via Transfermarkt) Bailey would obviously have to think about in any potential transfer.
But from Liverpool’s perspective, such a deal would make a lot of sense considering what title rivals Manchester City have in their arsenal.