22-year-old striker has explained why he refused to move to Liverpool

Dutch centre-forward Dani van der Moot has spoken of his regret at turning down an offer from the Merseyside club as a youth. U17 Netherlands international now plies his trade for Rijnsburg in the third tier of Dutch professional football.

However, Dani turned out for the academies of AZ and PSV and revealed that he even had an offer from the Reds while with the former.“If I regret something, it is that I let Merseyside club go,” Van der Moot said.

“There were more clubs from abroad with interest, but Reds was the most concrete. I visited with my parents for a day and was given a tour of the Anfield, complex and city. Liverpool showed me what I could expect if I started playing soccer and living there. A beautiful day and a wonderful memory forever.”

Instead, the 22-year-old striker chose to join PSV at the age of 15 and his promising career tailed off, being loaned out to Utrecht in the 2016-17 season before leaving the club on a free a year later.

Dutch centre-forward joined Volendam in winter but moved again to Rijnsburg Boys last month and has found form, hitting four goals and recording three assists in just five league games. “I was a great talent in my youth. It’s hard to say why I didn’t make it,” Dani continued.

“It has been coincidental. I have had injuries at nasty moments, and I have also played 40 games for Jong PSV, but only scored six or seven goals. I didn’t do that well, either. They were mentally difficult years, which luckily lie behind me.