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'I could have been like Eto'o or Drogba' – Antwerp's Dieumerci Mbokani laments Liverpool snub

11:12 GMT 19/11/2018
Dieumerci Mbokani
The DR Congo international had an opportunity to feature for the Reds in the Premier League but opted for a move to the French top-flight

Eight years after turning down the chance to play for Liverpool, Royal Antwerp forward Dieumerci Mbokani admits he regrets not joining the 2017-18 Uefa Champions League finalists.

The Reds, under manager Roy Hodgson, were reportedly interested in signing the Congolese star in 2010 after his impressive goalscoring form for Standard Liege in the Belgian First Division A.

The 32-year-old's form also attracted interest from former French champions Monaco whom he joined in the summer of 2010.

Mbokani had an underwhelming stint in the French Ligue 1 scoring just a goal in 10 league appearances before he was shipped out on loan to Wolfsburg in January which was followed by a permanent switch to Anderlecht.

However, the former Dynamo Kyiv star believes a move to Anfield would have helped him become one of Africa's best forwards - in the mould of Samuel Eto'o or Didier Drogba.

“When I played at Standard, I had the choice between Monaco and Liverpool. But that turned out badly,” Mbokani told Belgian newspaper Het Nieuwsblad .

"If I had gone to Liverpool I might have had a career as [Samuel] Eto'o or [Didier] Drogba.

"Because I felt that with my qualities I must not be inferior to those two."

Mbokani has enjoyed a nomadic career across five European countries including stints in the English top-flight with Norwich City and Hull City in the 2015-16 and 2016-17 seasons respectively.

During his time in the Premier League, Mbokani managed seven goals in 41 matches and was relegated on both occasions.

Following his return to the Belgian First Division A from Kyiv in the summer, the Kinshasa-born attacker has contributed four goals in 10 appearances for Antwerp who are third in the league standings.