Striker Mario Gomez claims Bayern Munich blocked a deadline-day loan move to Liverpool.
The Bundesliga champions were not keen to let the Germany international leave the Allianz Arena as boss Louis van Gaal admitted he still had a part to play for the team.
The 25-year-old has struggled to hold down a regular first-team spot with the German giants since joining at the start of last season with Ivica Olic, Miroslav Klose and Hamit Altintop vying for a place in the team.
However, Gomez admitted that he would have jumped at the chance of a temporary move to Anfield to reignite his career.
Gomez told the Bild newspaper: "I have said that if I leave Bayern I will go abroad.
"Then came this interesting offer from Liverpool. I took the loan offer seriously and discussed it with my family and girlfriend because I just want to play.
"But Bayern gave me the impression that they see a future for me. And therefore a change was not an issue anymore."