Rostov forward Sardar Azmoun says it would have been wrong to join Liverpool in the January transfer window.
"There were talks of Liverpool having expressed an interest in me during the past winter transfer window," he told the website for the Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.
"However, I did not feel the time to move was right. I would have ended up playing a few games and then spent a great deal of time on the bench as Liverpool were only looking to fill a void for a particular part of their season."
Azmoun, dubbed 'The Iranian Messi' in some quarters following his performances for the national team and Rostov, says he expects to join a major side soon.
"I want to move to a big club to develop as a player and therefore I will time the move with great precision," he said. "I am sure I will be playing for a top European club in the near future."