5 superstars who rejected Liverpool
While Liverpool are believed by many to be amongst the elite clubs in the world, the club has surely lost some of its sheen over the course of the last decade. Their inability to win silverware regularly has been cited by many as the reason why Liverpool are no longer an elite club in England, let alone Europe. Their inability to retain their best players as well as their inefficiencies in the transfer market have left the club red-faced on numerous occasions in the past.
Given their diminished reputation, it is only fitting that several world class players have decided to forego the opportunity to sign for the Reds in the recent past and in this segment, we take a look at 5 superstars who rejected a move to Anfield.
#5 Michael Laudrup
The former Danish international was quite a force to reckon with during his playing days and is regarded as one of the finest players of his generation courtesy of his imperious vision, skill as well as an ability to slice open defences. His performances in the Danish League for Brondby had attracted Liverpool and the player even shook hands to join the Merseyside club in the summer of 1983 in what would have been a 3-year deal.
However, the Reds decided that they were going to increase the tenure of the contract being offered to Laudrup by 12 months at the very last minute and it was a move that did not go down well with Laudrup’s camp as they decided to forego the opportunity to sign for the English giants.
The then 19-year-old instead moved to Juventus and while he had to wait 2 years until he could make an official appearance for the Old Lady of Turin due to restrictions on the number of foreign players and even when he did appear for Juventus, his performances were underwhelming.
He truly came to the fore after his move to Barcelona in 1989 and established himself as the best in the business and was pivotal to the Catalan club winning 4 consecutive La Liga titles in between 1990 and 1994 as well as the European cup in 1992. While he did move to Real Madrid in 1994 amidst controversial terms, his stature as the best player of the '90s stands firm to this day.
Liverpool, who were themselves an English powerhouse in the late 1980s would have benefitted immensely from having a player of the calibre of Laudrup behind the likes of Kenny Dalglish and Ian Rush and it remains one of the biggest missed opportunities in the history of the club.