Liverpool’s potential signings that were hijacked by rivals

12) Michael Laudrup

The former Swansea manager was a man in demand back in the day. After impressing for Brondby, some of Europe’s top clubs circled for his signature. Liverpool led the race for his signature and came ever so close to completing it. The Reds’ desire of adding another year to the contract stalled the deal as Juve raced for Laudrup’s signature. The Dane international later apologised to Liverpool. He went on to reach great heights in his career, playing for the Spanish giants, Real Madrid and Barcelona in his distinguished career. Get our football betting tips here.

11) Henrik Mkhitaryan

Mkhitaryan’s career at Dortmund came to a standstill during Klopp’s tumultuous final season at Signal Iduna Park. As Klopp left Dortmund, Mkhitaryan too was touted for a possible move to Anfield. However, incoming manager Thomas Tuchel convinced Mkhitaryan to stay put. The Armenian international flourished under Tuchel and enjoyed his best season, helping the club reach the DFB Cup final. Manchester United then signed Mkhitaryan, and after a rough start to his career at Old Trafford, he is now a part of the United future.

10) Willian

The Brazilian had myriad choices after his decision to leave Shakhtar Donetsk. His move to Tottenham was infamously hijacked by his current club, Chelsea. However, in reality, Liverpool too were in the race for the attacker. He ended up at Chelsea, where he has won two premier league titles. Despite showing obvious quality at times, Willian has never really been looked at as a first-team regular.

9) Alexis Sanchez

After his time at Barcelona was all but finished, Premier League giants Arsenal and Liverpool were tipped as possible destinations for the Chilean. He accepted Arsenal’s offer, citing Mesut Ozil’s presence as one of the main reasons for his decision. He has since become an important figure for the Gunners, though, could soon be on the move again.

8) Clint Dempsey

One of the best American players ever in the Premier league, Dempsey was one great player at Fulham, scoring goals and leading the line with aggression. His decision to join Spurs though was not the best of the decisions as he failed to hit the ground running. Failing to reach the same heights, he left the club after just one season. Liverpool were interested in the American’s signature. The Reds were even alleged of tapping up.

7) Mohammed Salah

A classic case of a transfer hijack, Mohammed Salah looked set to join Liverpool from FC Basel. The Egyptian attacker even had a medical at Liverpool, before Chelsea came in. The Blues had some money to invest thanks to Mata’s sale to Manchester United. As a result, Blues moved quickly to complete a deal, and Salah joined Chelsea. This summer, Liverpool finally got their hands on Salah, who returns to the premier league on the back of a successful season with Roma.

6) Gabriel Heinze

The Argentine defender would’ve been a part of a historic transfer deal between Manchester United and Liverpool if not for Sir Alex. In fact, Heinze had even tried to force a move to Liverpool; however, Ferguson was adamant about selling a player to a direct rival. Heinze, instead, moved to Real Madrid.

5) GylfiSigurðsson

GylfiSigurðsson is unarguably the most underrated player in the Premier league. The Iceland attacker has just gotten better with time. Last season, he ended with 13 assists, which was the third highest. GylfiSigurðsson was close to joining Liverpool after his first loan spell at Swansea came to an end; however, he rejected the chance to work again with Rodgers. He instead moved to Tottenham, before eventually returning to Swansea.

4) Marcel Desailly

A world cup winning star, Desailly came close to joining Liverpool and even Manchester United; though, rejected both offers as he wanted French school for his children, something even the great clubs could not offer. Instead, the former AC Milan star signed for Chelsea, citing Chelsea’s project and quality of life as the main motives behind his move to London.

3) Memphis Depay

The young Dutchman was tipped to be the next big thing in world football. His performances for PSV only made those notions stronger. After scoring 22 goals for PSV in the 2014/15 season, he teamed up with former national team manager, Van Gaal, at Manchester United. However, Depay failed to settle in Manchester and was always at the heart of the criticism. Under Mourinho, Depay stood no chance and eventually left the club for Lyon in January.

2) Alex Teixeira

The Brazilian was linked with a move to Anfield before he shocked everyone with his decision to move to China in a 38 million Euros deal. The attacking midfielder’s career at Shakhtar had run its course as he looked for a move away from the club after six years. However, despite strong interest from Liverpool and his relatively young age, he decided to join Jiangsu Suning, effectively putting an end to his international career as well.

1) Yevhen Konoplyanka

Konoplyanka was the best player Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk for many years, demonstrating great leadership and dribbling skills. He looked set to move to Liverpool on the deadline day of January transfer window of 2014 before the deal fell through. He went on to join Sevilla on a free transfer. Despite flashes of quality, he failed to impress and moved to Schalke on loan. He had a mediocre season with the Gelsenkirchen club, as Schalke finished in a lowly 10th position last season.