Former Liverpool midfielder Paul Ince revealed that his son’s decision for turning down a transfer deal to Anfield was because he was not “ready” to play for such a big club.
Tom Ince, 22, courted much attention during the transfer window, with the likes of Swansea, Stoke, Hull and Crystal Palace all vying for his signature.
In the end it was Palace who managed to convince him on signing a loan until the end of the season, with a permanent deal later on. Liverpool also has a liking over the winger but his father revealed that the he opted against joining the Reds as he felt it would be better for his development.
“Liverpool were in but I don’t think Thomas is ready to go to Liverpool yet,” Ince told Sky Sports.
“Brendan [Rodgers] has done very well there and he does play the kids but for his progression as a footballer it needed to be a Stoke, a Swansea, a Palace or a Hull at this point.
“Maybe in two or three years’ time that might be a move for him.”
Ince was one among the five January signings for Palace alongside Wayne Hennessey, Scott Dann, Jason Puncheon and Joe Ledley.