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Euro 2024 star gave Brendan Rodgers transfer ultimatum before leaving Liverpool

RB Leipzig's former Liverpool goalkeeper Peter Gulacsi
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Former Liverpool goalkeeper Peter Gulacsi has shed light on the discussions with Brendan Rodgers that prompted his departure from Anfield. Gulacsi initially arrived on loan in 2007, before securing a permanent move a year later.

The Hungary international spent half a decade at Liverpool before packing his bags for Red Bull Salzburg in 2013. Despite donning the red jersey for six seasons, the keeper never made it to the pitch for a first-team game.

It was during the tenure of Brendan Rodgers when Gulacsi left from Liverpool, and the now 31-year-old has reflected on his exit. With over 300 games under his belt at RB Leipzig, Gulacsi is certain that leaving Liverpool was the right chpice.

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"When you see how Wojciech Szczesny at Arsenal or David de Gea at Atletico got their chances and took them, it was never completely out of the question for me," Gulacsi told Goal, reflecting on battling for the title of Liverpool's number one.

"As a third goalkeeper, though, it only works if something happens to the two in front of you, whatever it may be. I wasn't hoping for them to get injured, of course. Pepe (Reina) was playing at a high level, it was very difficult to get past him.

"On top of that, in England they usually go for older, experienced goalkeepers as number two. It was difficult to move up in the rankings. Rodgers became coach and he also wanted to look at all the goalkeepers first. He wanted to keep me as number three.

"Pepe was injured a lot again, so I must have been on the bench 15, 16 times. After the season, my advisor at the time spoke to Rodgers and said: 'Peter is now 23 and going into the last year of his contract'.

"There are exactly three paths for him: he leaves the club and becomes the clear No.1 somewhere, he extends the contract and is loaned out for two years or the contract is extended and he becomes Liverpool's permanent number two.'".

"Rodgers said quite clearly that it will be difficult with the last two options, but they will not put any obstacles in my way."