Cristiano Ronaldo, Loic Remy, Nabil Fekir – Liverpool’s maximum memorable switch collapses

Liverpool have narrowly overlooked out on many well-known footballers in earlier years – together with Teddy Sheringham, Loic Remy, Lee Bowyer, Nabil Fekir and Frank Worthington

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In soccer, there may be all the time an opportunity a transfer may cave in sooner than the participant indicators at the dotted line.

Arsenal, for instance, virtually signed Zlatan Ibrahimovic sooner than his step forward at Ajax! Every Premier League membership has persisted their fair proportion of close to misses within the switch marketplace… and Liverpool aren’t any other.

The 19-time champions of England have witnessed many gamers come with regards to shifting to Merseyside in recent times – together with a promising Portuguese youngster who is since develop into a legend in Manchester.

Here, Mirror Football recollects Liverpool’s maximum memorable switch collapses. It may not be relaxed studying for many who dreamed of a transfer to Anfield!

Cristiano Ronaldo

Ferguson signed Cristiano Ronaldo beneath Liverpool’s nostril in 2003


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What may’ve been! Liverpool have been excited by signing Ronaldo from Sporting Lisbon in the summertime of 2003, in a while sooner than his transfer to Manchester United.

Reds assistant boss Phil Thompson even visited Portugal to observe {the teenager} in motion. He used to be reportedly inquisitive about a transfer to Merseyside, but not anything materialised and he went directly to develop into an icon at Old Trafford as a substitute – successful the Ballon d’Or 5 instances.

“10 days later I used to be sitting in a front room at Anfield having some lunch and taking a look on the large TV display,” recalled Thompson. “Up got here the inside track that Manchester United had signed Ronaldo from Lisbon for £12.2m. Gerard and myself just about choked on our meals!”

Loic Remy

Loic Remy failed his Liverpool scientific


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The Frenchman used to be a direct hit within the Premier League when he joined QPR from Marseille in January 2013. He scored six objectives throughout the second one part of that season and located the again of the web 14 instances throughout a mortgage spell at Newcastle in 2013-14.

Remy used to be anticipated to depart QPR on an everlasting deal in the summertime of 2014 as soon as his reasonable £10.5million unencumber clause used to be printed and Liverpool made their transfer. Yet the deal collapsed when the docs were not glad along with his regimen scientific.

“I got here for the scientific checks and the whole thing used to be fantastic and after that they sought after to make sure the whole thing used to be fantastic with my middle,” stated Remy in 2014. “They requested for a consultant for the guts and it appears the fellow stated they didn’t 100 according to cent agree if I may stay going or needed to forestall soccer. I did not perceive as a result of they knew sooner than I got here.

“I simply advised my agent if it’s not going down… I used to be extra puzzled by means of Liverpool announcing that I had scientific drawback as a result of it’s not truthful. I’ve observed the most efficient specialist in London and he has advised me I will nonetheless play so it used to be now not excellent from them.”

Remy went on to sign up for Chelsea, successful the Premier League and EFL Cup in his first season at Stamford Bridge. The 35-year-old has since performed for a number of golf equipment – together with Crystal Palace – and these days represents Turkish outfit Adana Demirspor.

Teddy Sheringham

Teddy Sheringham went on to sign up for Manchester United as a substitute


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Liverpool supervisor Roy Evans used to be willing to convey Sheringham to Anfield in 1995 after he made a prolific begin to the Premier League technology, scoring 52 objectives within the first 3 seasons of the contest.

Yet the board have been unwilling to spend money on the England global. He used to be 29 on the time they usually weren’t excited by signing gamers over the age of 28. It proved to be a horrible choice as Sheringham endured enjoying within the Premier League till he used to be 41!

Sheringham went on to sign up for Man Utd two years later and performed a key function of their well-known ‘Treble’ win in 1998-99, scoring the equaliser within the Champions League ultimate victory in opposition to Bayern Munich. “He went to play till he used to be 38, or used to be it 48?” later joked Evans.

Frank Worthington

Frank Worthington’s blood force ruined his transfer to Liverpool in 1972



The long-haired ahead used to be some of the nice mavericks of the Seventies, generating chic moments of talent at the pitch and playing himself off it.

Iconic Liverpool boss Bill Shankly sought after to convey Worthington to Anfield from Halifax in the summertime of 1972. After Worthington failed a scientific because of hypertension, Shankly despatched the playboy to Majorca for every week to loosen up sooner than finishing a 2nd scientific.

But, in step with Yorkshire Live, he additionally failed that scientific after ‘encounters’ with 5 girls in seven days. Apparently, Worthington’s blood force used to be even upper when he returned! Shankly used to be stated to be bemused and cancelled the switch.

Worthington went on to sign up for Leicester as a substitute. “There used to be no level in getting disillusioned,” he stated on the time. “I simply advised myself it used to be their loss.”

Lee Bowyer

Liverpool concept that they had a deal wrapped up for Lee Bowyer again in the summertime of 2002



Reds supervisor Gerard Houllier concept he’d landed a cut price when Leeds midfielder Bowyer turned into to be had in the summertime of 2002.

The West Yorkshire facet have been in critical monetary hassle and prepared to promote Bowyer, their two-time Player of the Year, to Liverpool for £9m. There have been issues about his personality following some run-ins with the regulation, but Houllier used to be nonetheless inquisitive about a deal.

Once the cost used to be agreed, enthusiasts anticipated Bowyer to signal a freelance. But the switch dragged on and Houllier pulled the plug for a “number of causes” – in step with Liverpool’s web page. “Houllier used to be now not satisfied the participant had both the starvation or want to play for the membership, qualities which might be very important for any Liverpool participant,” endured the remark.

Bowyer, in the meantime, advised BBC Sport: “I by no means requested to head at the switch checklist and made it transparent… I had reservations after they authorised Liverpool’s bid. So it’s most definitely in the most efficient pastime of all events that the deal didn’t undergo.”

Gabriel Heinze

Sir Alex Ferguson refused to let Gabriel Heinze sign up for Liverpool in 2007



The Argentine defender used to be a forged performer for Manchester United throughout his 3 seasons at Old Trafford, enjoying 83 video games in all competitions to lend a hand them win the Premier League in 2006-07. He used to be even named their Player of the Year in 2004-05.

Yet it used to be transparent Heinze’s days have been numbered following the arriving of Patrice Evra in January 2006. Liverpool got here in for the defender in the summertime of 2007 and he used to be decided to depart, insisting the Reds had met his £6.8m verbal unencumber clause.

Legendary Man Utd boss Sir Alex Ferguson refused to promote Heinze to a rival – a sour one at that – and the case even went to a tribunal. In the tip, Heinze joined Real Madrid that summer season and later apologised to Ferguson for his movements.

“I do not have many regrets from my profession as a footballer, however that episode with Ferguson [has] to be certainly one of them,” stated Heinze in 2011. “I’m impulsive and strong-willed and this has were given me into hassle now and then, which used to be the case on the time once I left United.

“On mirrored image, it’s simple to look that Ferguson used to be a significant affect on my profession, in a favorable manner… he calls for that his gamers dig as deep for the motive and I’m sorry that we fell out within the ultimate days as a result of I nonetheless have such a lot recognize for him.”

Nabil Fekir

Liverpool pulled out of a deal to signal Nabil Fekir in 2018


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The France global virtually turned into a Liverpool participant in the summertime of 2018 when the Reds agreed a switch price with Lyon. Fekir, who scored 23 objectives in 2017-18, even spoke with Jurgen Klopp in regards to the transfer sooner than it collapsed in odd instances.

“Everything used to be closed,” recalled Fekir in 2021. “I handed all of the interviews, I spoke with Jurgen Klopp, he advised me that he liked me, all of us did it and, once we have been about to signal, there have been issues of my consultant and the negotiation broke down.

“They stated it used to be as a result of I had knee issues, however the fact has been confirmed over the years. My knee is tremendous excellent.”

Fekir went on to sign up for Real Betis twelve months later and has since did not are living as much as expectancies, scoring simply 22 objectives in 3 seasons.

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