6 missed signings that prove Liverpool are unlucky in transfers
Liverpool have missed out on several players over the years. They range from extremely talented players who went on to become great to those that Liverpool were lucky to avoid. It was hugely reported that Liverpool were on the verge of sealing a move for Sevilla’s Dani Alves, who is widely considered to be one of the greatest right-backs in the world, for just £7 million in 2006.
Sevilla chiefs refused to let Dani go at the price that Liverpool were offering and two years later, Alves joined Barcelona for £32.5 million, making him the third most expensive defender at the time. Liverpool were close to signing Simao Sabrosa too, who was prospering at Benfica. Instead of joining the Reds, he stayed back at Benfica going on to have a rather average career.
Some would say a serious bullet was dodged by Liverpool. The Scousers were also linked to German playmaker Mario Gotze, famous for scoring the World Cup winning goal, was heavily linked to Liverpool at the end of last season after it was reported that he had grown tired of sitting on the bench for the majority of his Bayern career. But Liverpool could not sign Gotze and the player fired his agent.
Following are the players who almost joined Liverpool:
1) Nemanja Vidic
Nemanja Vidic is widely considered to be one of the greatest centre-backs of all time, going on to win five Premier League titles and one Champions League title in his Manchester United career. But before he played for Manchester United, the Serbian was on his way to Liverpool.
The giant Serbian secured a move to Sir Alex Ferguson’s side in 2006, although United wasn’t his first choice. In an interview with The Independent, the former defender said: "I was very close to Fiorentina, then Liverpool and after that Manchester United.”
He added: "Liverpool started the meetings, then they stopped. If I had stayed at Spartak Moscow, I would have had more money than at United because they offered me more money to stay. Professionally, to go to Europe, United was the best choice."
Former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher was also hopeful of Liverpool securing the deal and went as far as to say: "Liverpool tried to buy him in January 2006 but our loss was United's gain. I'd have loved to have played alongside him and I'm sure we could have formed a solid partnership.