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Sunderland forward regrets not pushing for Liverpool move

Sunderland forward Ola Toivonen admits he regrets not pushing harder for a move to Liverpool when the Reds showed interest in 2010.

The Swedish attacker was heavily linked with a move to Anfield under Roy Hodgson’s short time as Liverpool boss.

“A couple of years ago it looked like I would be joining Liverpool when Roy Hodgson was there,” explains Toivonen – who was at PSV Eindhoven at the time.

“Not fighting hard enough for that to happen is something I regret in my life.”

Toivonen moved to France last summer, enjoying a year with Rennes before he signed for Sunderland and finally got his move to the Premier League.

Not joining Liverpool in 2010 though definitely seems to be a major regret for the 29-year-old.

He spoke similarly last year, saying: “The only thing I regret from my time at PSV is that I did not fight hard enough to get the club to let me join Liverpool.

“They tabled two offers while Roy Hodgson was the coach.”

Toivonen was linked with a move to Liverpool at a time when Hodgson signed Paul Konchesky and Christian Poulsen and was allegedly also targeting West Ham striker Carlton Cole. Oh those were the days.

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