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Peter Schmeichel, Diego Costa, Cristiano Ronaldo and the greatest Liverpool XI that has ever been

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Whoever ran away …

Whether it’s a girl, a boy, a job, or a house, that melancholy feeling of what might have happened if things had turned out differently can sometimes be difficult to shake.

And this may very well apply to footballers who have also sneaked into your team.

On the back of the selection of our writers their most disappointing Reds transfer near misses, we have compiled the best Liverpool XI which never existed – and there is also a fairly solid submarine bench!

Peter schmeichel



Peter Chip-meichel by Danny Ralston on Twitter
Peter Schmeichel denies Robbie Fowler

Yes, the same Peter Schmeichel who was the bane of Liverpool fan life in the 1990s defying attackers at will with his crazy starfish leaps and being as intrinsic to Manchester United’s success as probably any other player .

However, before his arrival at Old Trafford in 1991, scout chief Ron Yeats recommended the talented young Danish – who was a Liverpool fan and ready to pay his own trip to come for a trial – to the new manager Graeme Souness.

The Scotsman was looking to relieve Bruce Grobbelaar however and later said, “It was complicated, so I thought I could do without a rookie goalkeeper.”

Alex Ferguson took a punt on Schmeichel, a year later, Souness bought rookie goalkeeper David James and the rest is (painful) a story.

Dani Alves



Dani Alves of Paris Saint-Germain vies with Naby Keita of Liverpool
Dani Alves of Paris Saint-Germain vies with Naby Keita of Liverpool

Liverpool are said to have signed an £ 8m deal with Seville in the summer of 2006 to bring the Brazilian to Anfield.

But despite Rafa Benitez’s first two seasons at the helm ending in silverware, finances were tight, with David Moores remaining about six months from the club’s sale.

Benitez was informed that he could get Alves or a new striker, but not both, and with Liverpool needing more firepower in the front, the movement for the 23-year-old flyer was put aside so that the Reds can bring in Dirk Kuyt.

Alves spent two more years at the Ramon Sanchez-Pizjuan stadium before moving to Barcelona where he won six La Ligas and three champion leagues, and a few months later Liverpool brought Jan Kromkamp instead.

John Terry



Luis Garcia of Liverpool scores the first goal in the UEFA Champions League semi-final second leg match between Liverpool and Chelsea at Anfield on May 3, 2005
John Terry could have wept tears of a different kind that night

The final day of shots on goal for the Champions League qualification between Chelsea and Liverpool at Stamford Bridge in 2003 is often regarded as a milestone in Premier League history with the host’s 2-1 victory leading to the takeover of Roman Abramovic and all that followed.

However, this did not happen overnight and it later emerged that Liverpool had immediately tried to make a bold offer to bring in the man who would become the “captain, leader, legend” of Londoners John Terry.

Phil Thompson revealed Gerard Houllier spoke to the 22-year-old at the time after the match and got a positive response, Liverpool screening director Alex Miller is reported to have left the players’ lounge with Terry’s phone number.

But the following month, the takeover of Abramovic took place, Terry signed a new agreement with the Blues and that’s it.

Nemanja Vidic



Fernando Torres was a real problem for Nemanja Vidic

The great Serbian defender had received rave reviews at Spartak Moscow and entered Rafa’s radar when he sought to strengthen his defense in 2006.

Vidic revealed years later that he spoke to Benitez about a possible move to Anfield, saying, “I was interested in going there but my English was not good and I had trouble communicating.”

“Then Manchester United came. Fergie called me at my apartment and said: “I saw you playing for Serbia against France – I want you here”. United was decisive. Everything was done very quickly, in two days. “

He won five league and Champions League titles during his time at Old Trafford, but also managed to get kicked out against Liverpool four times.

Gabriel Heinze



BOSTON, MA - Wednesday July 25, 2012: John Flanagan of Liverpool in action against Gabriel Heinze of AS Roma during a preseason friendly match at Fenway Park, home of the Boston Red Sox, the second game of the North Tour -American Reds. (Photo by David Rawcliffe / Propaganda)
BOSTON, MA – Wednesday July 25, 2012: John Flanagan of Liverpool in action against Gabriel Heinze of AS Roma during a preseason friendly match at Fenway Park, home of the Boston Red Sox, the second game of the North Tour -American Reds. (Photo by David Rawcliffe / Propaganda)

Rafa Benitez wanted to bring the Argentinian defender from Manchester United to the summer of 2007 and received encouragement from the player’s representatives, with apparently a clause in his contract which would allow him to leave if costs of the order of 6/7 million £ were respected.

However, Alex Ferguson would not accept the idea, categorically refusing to sell the player to Liverpool, later declaring: “Gabriel was informed, unambiguously, that historically Manchester United did not sell players to Liverpool, and vice versa . “

Heinze was determined to try to force the deal and become the first player to move between clubs since Phil Chisnall in 1964, and took the case to a court in which United prevailed. much to Liverpool’s disappointment.

Rafe Benitez told ECHO afterwards: “He has a clear document but the league prefers to believe the word of someone who made a mistake”.

Crystal Palace president Simon Jordan later revealed that he had been contacted by an agent claiming to represent Heinze, suggesting that the Eagles could buy it from United and sell it directly to Liverpool, for which they received ” commission “. Heinze ended up joining Real Madrid.

Michael Laudrup



Michael Laudrup and Graeme Souness in action at the 1986 World Cup
Michael Laudrup and Graeme Souness in action at the 1986 World Cup

The eldest of the two Laudrup brothers was only 19 when Liverpool expressed its interest in the summer of 1983 to bring someone already considered one of the most talented young players in Europe.

The Danish attacking midfielder wanted to move de Brondby to a club he and much of Europe so admired at the time, after watching and enjoying the Reds European Cup triumphs on television like many in Scandinavia.

He then said, “We have actually reached an agreement and I came with my father to speak to the representatives from Liverpool.

“We agreed on a three-year contract and left thinking everything was done. But two weeks later they came back saying they wanted to offer me the same package, but for four years because I was still young and needed time to develop. “

Rather, he joined Lazio and enjoyed an exceptional career playing for Juventus, Barcelona and Real Madrid, later named the best Danish footballer of all time by the Danish Football Federation.

Luis Figo



Liverpool Legends vs Real Madrid Legends at Anfield.Real Madrid’s Luis Figo. Photo by Colin Lane

The summer of 2005 saw Liverpool champion of Europe and well placed to choose from the cream of football talent across the continent.

The Portuguese maestro was already 32 years old at this point but would still have added us and gravitas to the evolving Benitez team.

Figo wanted to move to Anfield and a firm offer of £ 1 million would have been put on the table only for the Reds to negotiate the fees, apparently hoping to charge him for free.

Inter Milan entered the breach and took him to the San Siro where he played for four more years, winning four Serie A titles in the bargain.

Cristiano Ronaldo



Cristiano Ronaldo is tackled by Javier Mascherano as Liverpool faces Manchester United, 2007

The Portuguese Wonderkid was Europe’s hottest young talent in 2003 and officially declared it would be a “dream to represent a club of traditions such as Liverpool” while expressing the hope that the Reds would make an offer that suited him and Sporting.

Deputy Director Phil Thompson visits Portugal and has learned that the costs would be in the region of £ 4 million while the player would like an annual salary of £ 1 million after tax, which the Reds estimated would be a lot for an 18 year old but apparently negotiable .

While Liverpool were still discussing the details, Manchester United smoked the following week with an offer of £ 12 million that Lisbon agreed to let the Reds wonder how the fees had tripled in such a short time.

Ronaldo has of course become one of the greatest players of his generation, winning five Ballon d’Or and a whole series of national and European trophies with United, Real Madrid and Juventus.

Frank Worthington



Frank Worthington signs for Liverpool from Huddersfield Town in Anfield under the supervision of manager Bill Shankly, assistant manager Bob Paisley and club secretary Peter Robinson.
Frank Worthington “ signs ” for Liverpool from Huddersfield Town to Anfield under the supervision of manager Bill Shankly, assistant manager Bob Paisley and club secretary Peter Robinson.

One of the classic avant-garde artists of his age, Worthington made a name for himself in the Alma Mater of Bill Shankly, Huddersfield Town and, in the summer of 1972, the Scotsman decided to bring George Anfield ” the worker George Best ”.

A known and “bon vivant” playboy, the 24-year-old reportedly failed his medical exam at Anfield due to high blood pressure. He was therefore sent on vacation to Mallorca to “relax”.

A week later – after a seven day carousing report, which involved two Swedish blondes, one night with Miss Great Britain, a casual meeting at the airport with a woman whose name he did not catch, and one night with a young Belgian beauty – he resumed medical care and her blood pressure was even higher.

Bill Shankly, puzzled, canceled the deal and sent flowers to his mother.

Worthington moved to Leicester where he spent five years before representing a host of other clubs, including Tranmere Rovers, where he had a spell as a player-manager.

Gareth Bale



Ben Woodburn of Wales (22) celebrates as he scores his first goal with Gareth Bale during the qualification for the 2018 FIFA World Cup between Wales and Austria at the Cardiff City Stadium on September 2, 2017 in Cardiff, Wales

It was in 2006 that the Liverpool scouts first spotted the Southampton youth team player who would become their sworn enemy in Kiev 12 years later.

Reds midfielder Darren Potter was already on loan to St Marys and the Reds proposed a swap deal, but the Saints insisted on more Potter cash for Bale.

A source who spoke to athletic said: “Liverpool’s response was, by and large,” Cheeky b ****** s! Potter was an established pro and Bale was still a child with a lot to learn. “

Bale of course experienced the glory, fortune and glory of the Champions League at Real Madrid via Tottenham while Potter never started a league game for the Reds and, after a career in the lower leagues, is currently on the books at Tranmere.

Diego Costa



Atletico Madrid's Diego Costa kicks a pile of water bottles as he reacts to being dominated during the UEFA Champions League match in Liverpool
Atletico Madrid’s Diego Costa kicks a pile of water bottles as he reacts to being dominated during the UEFA Champions League match in Liverpool

While Brendan Rodgers is looking to build on a positive first season at Anfield in the summer of 2013, Liverpool has made an offer of £ 21.8 million to Atletico Madrid for Costa, triggering his release clause.

The Reds, however, were disappointed as the Spaniard signed a new contract to Atletico that summer before moving to Stamford Bridge 12 months later for £ 32m.

It later emerged that Jose Mourinho, who had recently returned to Chelsea, had also identified Costa as the main target.

He managed to persuade the Spaniard to sign a new agreement and stay another year at the Vicente Calderon before bringing him to Stamford Bridge a year later, depriving Liverpool fans of the opportunity to see and oppose to the defenses of the nightmarish prospect of confronting – Costa in tandem with Luis Suarez.

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Substitutes

Tim Flowers – Rumors were widespread Graeme Souness was to bring the much appreciated Southampton goalkeeper to replace Bruce Grobbelaar in October 1993, leading the Zimbabwean to bring a small bouquet of flowers to the field and leave them for the purpose of Kop to laugh during a match between the sides this same month. Instead, he signed for Kenny Dalglish’s Blackburn and won the Premier League the following season.

Gareth Barry – Rafa Benitez wanted to sign the midfielder for Aston Villa in the summer of 2008 to replace Xabi Alonso. The Kop made its point known in a friendly match before the sea and the move never took place, with Alonso leaving for Real Madrid a year later and Barry ending up in Everton.

Lee Bowyer – The combative midfielder was scheduled to move through the Leeds United Pennines in the summer of 2002, but with a £ 9 million deal, the player withdrew from the deal and recently admitted that it was the biggest regret of his career.

Sabrosa Simao – Benfica reportedly arrived hours after £ 10 million “transfer to Anfield in the summer of 2005, but Super Eagles president vetoed deal feared club fan reaction and in March Next, Simao made a mark on Anfield as a Portuguese party and ended Rafa Benitez’s reign as holder of the European Cup.

Nabil Fekir£ 53m agreement with Lyon for the French midfielder in the summer of 2018 with a completed medical examination and photos of the initial signature taken, but the analyzes raised concerns about a knee injury and the club decided that the risk was too high great after getting a second opinion.

Alexis Sanchez – When Liverpool sought to replace Luis Suarez in the summer of 2014, the Chilean seemed to be the perfect embodied alternative in South America, but his partner would only consider living in London if he moved to England and he signed instead for Arsenal. .

Loic Remy – Another false start in summer 2014 an agreement was in place to bring the French striker only for him would have failed a medical examination due to a suspected heart disease. The Reds ended up buying Mario Balotelli.

Teddy sheringham – The Spurs forward was at the top of Roy Evans’ list to add us to his talented but imperfect team which finished fourth in a two horse race in 1997 and would have accepted the move, but the board of directors of Reds blocked the deal due to the age of 31 and he went to Manchester United instead where he helped them win the triple.

Clint Dempsey – Brendan Rodgers wanted him to take him to Anfield in 2012 as part of an exchange for Jordan Henderson but the owners of the Reds did not want to sanction this decision for the American, so the young Liverpool-born midfielder at Sunderland stayed and seven years later ended up lifting the European Cup for the Reds.needs

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