Dani Ceballos has revealed he rejected the chance to join Liverpool because he did not think he would fit in with Jurgen Klopp’s ‘philosophy’.
The Real Madrid star joined Arsenal last summer on a season-long loan deal following the return of Zinedine Zidane to the Bernabeu.
Former Gunners boss Unai Emery made his name at Sevilla at the same time Ceballos was starring for Real Betis in LaLiga and retained a key interest in the player.
After finally getting his man to north London, the Spain international saw his progress halted by a hamstring injury.
During Ceballos’ rehabilitation period, the Gunners replaced Emery with fellow Spaniard Mikel Arteta and he has played the midfielder just once – in a 2-1 win over Bournemouth in the FA Cup.
But it could have been so different had the Los Blancos midfielder taken the chance to move to Anfield amid interest from Klopp.
But the 23-year-old, who won the European Under-21 Championship with Spain last year, admits he chose to move to Arsenal because of Emery and Liverpool’s style of play.
“That a club like Liverpool loves you is a pride, but my decision was to go to Arsenal because Emery grabbed my hand and told me to go together,” said Ceballos.
“Klopp is a great coach but you have to see the game philosophy of each team.
“Right now players of my philosophy of play wouldn’t fit in a team like Liverpool in the best possible way.
“But that you are related to the greats is because you are doing things right.”
The Gunners take on Newcastle on Sunday in the Premier League once their winter break trip to Dubai comes to a conclusion.