I gave Brendan Rodgers three options when he joined Liverpool - so he sold me

RB Leipzig's former Liverpool goalkeeper Peter Gulacsi
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Former Liverpool goalkeeper Peter Gulacsi has opened up on the conversations with Brendan Rodgers which led to him leaving Anfield.

Gulacsi arrived on Merseyside initially on loan in 2007 before the move became permanent a year later. The Hungary international would go on to spend five years at Liverpool before leaving to join Red Bull Salzburg in 2013.

Despite being with the Reds for six seasons, Gulacsi failed to make a single first-team appearance for the club. Gulacsi’s departure came at the end of Rodgers’ first season in charge of Liverpool, and now the 31-year-old has opened up on his decision to quit Anfield.

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The goalkeeper has since racked up 300 appearances at RB Leipzig, and says that deciding to leave Liverpool was the only option available to him.

“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 , when asked about competing to be 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.”

Gulacsi continued: "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 number one 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.”