Liverpool as a club had a stinker in the mid-noughties by not taking the risk on Sergio Aguero when he was still in Argentina…
The former Independiente forward made comments back in 2005 that intimated he’d jump at a move, when he was just 17.
“I have been a Liverpool fan for as long as I can remember and it would be a dream to play there,” he told a Munich newspaper, cited by Sky Sports.
“I watched the Champions League final and celebrated every goal as if it was for Independiente.”
As it was though, Aguero moved to Atletico Madrid and then Manchester City, where he’s established himself as one of the best strikers in world football – but today more quotes are surfacing that suggest the reason he wanted a Liverpool switch was because of Michael Owen.
“City fans might not want to hear it, but when I was a kid I wanted to be Owen,” he wrote in his autobiography (H/T talkSport).”I’ve always liked Liverpool.”
Owen is very much Liverpool’s forgotten and ignored former hero. He won a Ballon d’Or in 2001 and singlehandedly secured us an FA Cup that season, but ruined his legacy by running down his contract and leaving for Real Madrid on the cheap, and then by joining Manchester United.
He’s since claimed he only moved to Old Trafford because we didn’t want him, but Liverpool supporters have largely ignored this and still consider him very much a traitor.
Still, it might have been easier to forgive him if his past performances helped convince a young Aguero to join Liverpool, but Rafa Benitez couldn’t get the deal over the line because his bosses were very tight on the pursestrings.