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.

Thursday, 24th January 2019, 4:47 pm
Updated Thursday, 7th February 2019, 6:58 pm
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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.

Liverpool boss, Jurgen Klopp, was reported to have been interested in bringing World Cup winner, Mario Gotze, in 2018 but the deal fell through when Gotze stalled over contract negotiations.
Liverpool tried to sign Cristiano Ronaldo as far back as 2003 according to former Liverpool manager, Gerard Houllier but the deal fell through after his wage demands were not met.
Liverpool were close to signing the Portuguese in 2005 in a deal reported to have been worth 10m but Benefica pulled the plug at the last minute when Liverpool refused to up their offer to 11m.
The talented Dane is reported to have shook hands on a three year deal but when Liverpool attempted to increase it by another 12 months he is believed to have got cold feet and signed for Juventus instead.
The gifted Serb caught the eye of then Liverpool boss, Rafa Benitez, in 2006 but Manchester United came calling and the rest is history.
Fiery full-back, Alves, revealed he almost signed for Liverpool in 2006 but the deal with his then club Sevilla collapsed at the final stages.
Then Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers said he was close to bringing Sanchez to Anfield in 2014 as a replacement for Luis Suarez.
The American international almost joined Liverpool in 2012 but when the Anfield club refused to meet Fulham's asking price the deal fell through.
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.
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.
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.
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".
Liverpool apparently made efforts to sign the French international in 1993 but the deal hardly got off the ground as Desailly wanted his children to attend a French speaking school.
Former Anfield boss, Roy Evans, wanted to sign a 29 year-old Sheringham from Spurs in 1995 but due to a club policy banning the signing of players over the age of 28 it never happened.
It's believed Liverpool tried to sign Loic Remy in the summer of 2014. Despite agreeing a deal with QPR and contract terms and conditions the deal fell through after Remy failed his medical.
Liverpool apparently came close to signing Colombian international Falcao in 2009 but opted for Mario Balotelli instead.
Liverpool almost secured the services of Iceland international, Gylfi Sigurdsson from Hoffenheim in 2012 but the player decided to join Spurs instead.
Then manager Rafa Benitez wanted to replace Xabi Alonso with Gareth Barry when the former left Anfield for Real Madrid in 2009.
In 2007 Liverpool tried to sign Australia international Lucas Neill but he opted for West Ham United instead as they offered him a more lucrative contract.
In 2011 Jones snubbed Liverpool for Manchester United. Jones was reported to have rejected offers from Manchester City and Arsenal as well.