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Liverpool F.C. - 20 players who almost signed for Liverpool F.C.

Liverpool are moving ever closer to having one of the greatest seasons in the club's recent history.

With that in mind, we thought we would take a look at some of the players who were reported to have been close to signing for Liverpool F.C. down through the years but, for one reason or another, failed to so.

Gerard Houllier reportedly tried to sign Barton in 2004 but when Houllier was sacked and replaced with Rafa Benitez, the Anfield club got Xabi Alonso instead.

9. Joey Barton

Gerard Houllier reportedly tried to sign Barton in 2004 but when Houllier was sacked and replaced with Rafa Benitez, the Anfield club got Xabi Alonso instead.
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Costa, who went on to play for Chelsea, claims in 2013 Brendan Rodgers matched a 21m release clause in his contract with Atletico Madrid but the Spanish international decided he wanted to remain in La Liga for one more season.

10. Diego Costa

Costa, who went on to play for Chelsea, claims in 2013 Brendan Rodgers matched a 21m release clause in his contract with Atletico Madrid but the Spanish international decided he wanted to remain in La Liga for one more season.
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The Argentina international almost signed for Liverpool in 2007 but Manchester United refused to sell the player to one of their rivals. The whole thing ended up causing a legal row and Heinze joined Real Madrid instead.

11. Gabriel Heinze

The Argentina international almost signed for Liverpool in 2007 but Manchester United refused to sell the player to one of their rivals. The whole thing ended up causing a legal row and Heinze joined Real Madrid instead.
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Bowyer's time at Leeds United was turbulent towards the end and in 2002 Liverpool apparently offered him the chance to revive his career but were put off by what they described as "his indifference".

12. Lee Bowyer

Bowyer's time at Leeds United was turbulent towards the end and in 2002 Liverpool apparently offered him the chance to revive his career but were put off by what they described as "his indifference".
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