Rodgers: Football reasons not behind Willian's Liverpool snub
Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers has suggested that Willian's decision not to move to Anfield is related to money and not football.
The 25-year-old was close to joining Tottenham Hotspur after passing a medical at White Hart Lane on Wednesday but now looks set to join Chelsea for for £30 million.
But while Rodgers admitted that he was disappointed not to have signed Willian, he questioned the reasons behind the player's choice.
"It’s disappointing because this was a player who would have been perfect for us," he admitted.
"It wasn’t a football [decision] and I don’t really want to go into it… that’s for us as a club really.
"The bottom line is he hasn’t come here for whatever reason and we move on.
"We identify the targets and then try and get the deal done financially. That’s how it was.
"The club has pushed financially as hard as they felt they could but it wasn’t to be."
Willian only joined Anzhi in January after five-and-a-half seasons with Shakhtar Donetsk in Ukraine.