Chidera Ejuke has told Het Nieuwsblad that he had an opportunity to join Liverpool earlier in his career.

The winger is currently on loan at Royal Antwerp from CSKA Moscow and has scored three goals from 13 games this season. The Nigerian arrived in Europe for the first time when Norwegian side Vålerenga Fotball signed him in 2017.

Liverpool were one of the English clubs that made an effort to sign the 25-year-old in the past.

According to the report, things started moving quickly when he was at Gee-Lec academy. It’s claimed Manchester City had looked at him when he was 17-years-old but it was the Reds who invited him for a trial.

The Nigeria international has revealed he was disappointed after failing to seal a move to Anfield and explained why the rejection was initially difficult to handle.

“I was allowed to train with the youth [team] for a week. I started dreaming, I could see myself playing in the first team, but things didn’t go as expected,” he said.

“I wasn’t good enough, it turned out, and I had to start all over again. That was quite difficult, because you realise that you don’t get opportunities like that often. I felt like I had disappointed my family.”

The attacker believes the trial at Liverpool helped him when he moved to Europe.

“But okay, that’s life. Get up and get going, for the love of the game. And that experience came in handy when I was able to return to Europe two years later,” Ejuke explained.

Last season, he was on loan at Hertha Berlin, where he failed to score a goal and managed three assists from 21 games.