Leon Goretzka explains Liverpool snub before securing Bayern Munich transfer

Leon Goretzka has opened up on why he decided to join Bayern Munich over Liverpool back in 2018.

Goretzka had impressed with Schalke though left the club in 2018, joining Bundesliga rivals Bayern on a free transfer.

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp had been interested in the midfielder at the time, who played a key role in Bayern’s treble campaign last season.

And Goretzka has now addressed Liverpool’s interest, telling The Athletic: "They were a consideration, of course.

“They’re a great club, and their development since Klopp came has been amazing. We’re all a little proud of him winning the title.

"But I took a long time making my decision, and I was 100 per cent sure that Bayern was the right move for me.”

Goretzka surprised many when he returned from the first lockdown looking bulkier and stronger.

He added: “Nobody knew what was happening and we had a lot of time to think. I asked myself: what can I do to develop further as a human being?

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“It was an opportunity to take stock, listen to the voice inside of you and redefine your goals.

“The extra muscle is only the most visible part of that. Not playing gave me a chance to do work on the body in a way you can’t do under normal circumstances, as you’d need two or three days to recover.

“I had spells when I was a bit heavier there as well, and I felt good about that, but the problem was that small injuries took away the focus on the big picture.

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“You’re too busy putting out fires, there wasn’t time to attempt reaching the next level. Luckily, I was able to do that.

“It makes sense to recharge your batteries during breaks but I’m a firm believer that you get more power from working harder. And that’s the result right now.”

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