Liverpool very nearly signed Aaron Ramsey a few months prior to the Welshman heading to Arsenal, it has been revealed.
Then-Reds boss Rafa Benitez wanted to sign the player when he was leaving Cardiff City as a teenager in 2008.
The 28-year-old joined Juventus on a free transfer this summer. At his peak under Arsene Wenger, he was a superb goalscoring midfielder.
Ramsey struggled with injury issues at times, finishing his career with the Gunners by missing the end of the season with a hamstring issue. He was also unfortunate to be on the end of that infamous leg-breaking tackle from Stoke City’s Ryan Shawcross.
The reason that the Reds missed out on Ramsey, though, is painful.
The reliable Paul Tomkins tweeted: “Rafa told me he had Aaron Ramsey at Melwood a few months before he joined Arsenal, ahead of a move of about £1 million. His account was that he was told we had Jay Spearing, so couldn’t complete the move.”
If that is indeed true, then that is very annoying – Ramsey was a great player when on-form and fully fit. He would have proven to be a brilliant player for the Reds.