Liverpool is hailed as an English footballing giant with an outstanding tally of 18 First Division trophies, the top tier of English football. However, in recent times the club has failed to scale the same heights which has been a spot of great bother for the fans.
Many experts have ridiculed and blamed their inefficient transfer policy as the sole reason behind the lack of success. Lack of investment and absurd decision making has earned the ire of frustrated fans who have been forced to watch their beloved club deteriorate from a legendary outfit to a laughing stock.
Though the club has succeeded in qualifying for a Champions League Spot under the leadership of German manager Jurgen Klopp, the agonising league cup drought has resulted in a huge permanent blot on the club’s glorious history.
Signing these 5 top players could have helped in avoiding such a predicament while ensuring further success at the same time. Let’s take a close look at the players Liverpool regret missing out on:
Laudrup enjoyed all the characteristics of a great footballer during his stint in Denmark at Brondby, ruthlessly blasted 24 goals in 38 games and picking up the Danish player of the year award in 1982. His agility, intelligence on the ball, and excellent performances as a versatile attacking midfielder earned him praise from experts and envy from his rivals.
Even at the tender age of 19, there were clear signs that the lad possessed technique well beyond his years and could effortlessly slot in down the middle and out wide if required. At the same time, his performance levels were magnified when allotted his favoured role just behind the striker.
The Dane was a boyhood Red and was eager to seal a move to Anfield citing the magical atmosphere as the main reason.
Sadly, Liverpool’s decided to offer a 4-year contract instead of a 3-year spell citing his age and inexperience as a concern. Laudrup was heartbroken by this development and decided to decline the offer which came back to haunt Liverpool.
A legendary figure like Laudrup would have been a magical boost.
Sheringham was hailed as one of the few reliable goalscorers in the Premier League on the back of exceptional performances at Tottenham Hotspur. Despite being 29 years old at that point of time, he could produce magical performances leaving the opponent in a state of disarray.
Evans desired the player with Sheringham also keen on securing a move to Anfield at the earlier. Unfortunately, the transfer policy barred players above the age of 28 from being signed which allowed bitter rivals Manchester United an opportunity to swoop him up.
His eventual retirement in 2008 at the age of 42 with the goal tally of 300 goals, left the Liverpool board red-faced. Liverpool lost out on a game-changer and the perfect mentor for Fowler.
There were murmurs that the next big thing in world football had arrived after Ronaldo’s quality performances for Sporting Lisbon which attracted interest from European giants like Liverpool and Manchester United. Ronaldo was himself eager to don the Liverpool jersey as evident from his comments: “Liverpool are one of the best clubs in England and it would be a dream for any player to represent a club of such traditions.”
The board had evidently not learned it’s lesson from earlier mishaps and attempted to bargain for the services of the winger with Thompson handed the responsibility of carrying out negotiations.
Thompson said: “10 days later I was sitting in a lounge at Anfield having some lunch and looking at the big TV screen. Up came the news that Manchester United had signed Ronaldo from Lisbon for £12.2million. Gerard and myself nearly choked on our food.”
Cristiano Ronaldo went on to earn legendary status at Manchester United with many currently hailing him as the best footballer on the planet. Liverpool were left ruing their luck with no other alternative available except crying over spilt milk.
Dani Alves the 23-year-old Brazilian defender who was plying his trade at Seville enjoyed the ability to contribute equally well going forward and in defence .
Alves was available for around £8million and had given a glimpse of his talents in the 4-0 UEFA Cup final against Middlesbrough which made him the perfect choice for Liverpool.
Rafa, on the other hand, had different ideas of his valuation and stubbornly refused to cough up the 8 million fee demanded by Seville in spite of his qualities.
Alves signed up for Spanish giants Barcelona for a fee of around £23 million after two more scintillating seasons, which turned out to be nothing short of a coup. Considering Liverpool’s defensive woes, Alves’s loss will be felt even more sorely.
Alli was hailed as ‘the next Steven Gerrard’, based on his all-around abilities and ability to deliver the goods anywhere across the centre of the park.
The young Englishman had earned a regular first-team spot at MK Dons, with several indications of being “World- Class” in his performances. Alli’s hat-trick and assist in the 6-1 thrashing of Crewe Alexandra shortly after signing a new deal made his overall profile all the more imposing.
The owner vainly valued him as an unimposing U21 player in spite of the manager’s constant claims to the contrary, handing him a below part U21’s wage contract – believed to be around £4,000 a week.
Rodgers has expressed extreme “disappointment” and “frustration” at his inability to sign the youngster although that’s easy to say in hindsight. The Northern Irishman had been constantly tracking the youngster after being invited by Robinson and had even initiated talks.
FSG and Rodgers clearly did not see eye to eye in this regard which allowed Tottenham Hotspur to swoop him up from M.K Dons for a bargain price.
His breakout performances for a rejuvenated, inspiring and youthful, Spurs side, which helped them mount a serious title challenge, were appreciated by one and all. The PFA Young Player of the Year award finally capped off an incredible year for Alli who had demonstrated his caliber and skills on the senior level in his first season itself.
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