‘I even visited the facilities’ – Turkish forward speaks out about failed move to Anfield

By | July 23, 2020

Kasimpasa forward Anil Koc claims that he regrets turning down a switch to Liverpool earlier in his career.

Belgium-born Koc has started his football career at Belgian outfits Standard Liege, where the Mersyeside Reds wanted to sign him back in 2011, however, at the age of 16 he remained at the club to try and progress towards a first-team place.

However, following a couple of poor loan spells at Sint-Truiden and Charlton Athletic, Turkish forward joined FC Eindhoven, before spells at FK Atlantas Antalyaspor and Altınordu led him to Kasimpasa.

Speaking to Walfoot, Koc said: “Everything was in place for me to pierce through there and succeed, but Guy Luzon didn’t count on me. I was put to one side and sent to Charlton. It was tough mentally because you wonder what’s going on.

“Then, you come back and the manager hasn’t changed his mind and hop, you’re off to Sint-Truiden in the second-tier, which is when you tell yourself you could have been playing for Liverpool.

“Yes, I could have joined the Reds. I even visited the facilities, but Standard and Luciano D’Onofrio knocked on my door with a good career plan and I finally stayed in Belgium. I doubted myself during that complicated period, and wanted to leave Belgium to find myself again.”