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PremierLeague-News.Com - Liverpool transfer news - Rafa Benitez unsuccessfully tried to sign the likes of Simao, Dani Alves and Gareth Barry for Liverpool but they weren't the only ones
PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! Things might have been quite different at Liverpool during the reign of Rafa Benitez, had a host of proposed transfer deals been pulled off. Deals for the likes of Simao, Luis Figo, Dani Alves, David Silva and Gareth Barry all fell through under the Spaniard, with his frustration at the collapse of such deals forming part of his ongoing tensions with then-owner David Moores, his successors Tom Hicks and George Gillett and chief executive Rick Parry. However, they weren’t the only ones and they weren’t all world class talents of the quality of Alves or Silva. With Benitez working on a tight budget for much of his time on Merseyside, missing out on such targets ensured his two Champions League final squads pale in comparison to Jurgen Klopp 's European conquerors of 2019. There are numerous examples of players who Benitez brought to the club which perfectly outlined the financial confines within which he was working. Video Loading Video Unavailable Click to play Tap to play The video will auto-play soon8Cancel Play now Djimi Traore and Milan Baros started in 2005 against AC Milan in Istanbul, while the likes of Josemi, Antonio Nunez and Igor Biscan all picked up winners' medals as unused substitutes. Meanwhile, Jermaine Pennant and Bolo Zenden started in Athens two years later, with Mark Gonzalez and Craig Bellamy among the unused reserve options. But there was another unlikely name who could have been part of Liverpool 's Champions League final squad in 2007 had he been not robbed of a dream move to Anfield the previous January. That man is Gary O'Neil. Now 37-years-old, the former midfielder has realised his Liverpool dream, but as a coach at the Academy; O'Neil is the Liverpool under-23 assistant manager to Barry Lewtas. Read More Related Articles The Liverpool transfer blunder that summed up Roy Hodgson's tenure Read More Related Articles Silva, Aguero, Figo & the missed transfer deals that could have transformed Liverpool But during his playing career, O'Neil was on the books of Bolton Wanderers, Portsmouth, Middlesbrough, West Ham United and Norwich City in the Premier League. Coming through the youth ranks at Portsmouth, he joined Middlesbrough in August 2007. But the midfielder has revealed how he had been on the verge of joining Liverpool only for a meddling agent to scupper the deal. "Just before I left Portsmouth to go to Middlesbrough I had Liverpool (lined up) when Rafa Benitez was in charge," he revealed on TalkSPORT. "I got a phone call off an agent I didn’t know saying “If you don't let me do it or us do it then it’s not going to happen”. Sign up to our free LFC newsletter for all the latest transfer news Why should I sign up? Premier League champions Liverpool are looking to dominate again this eason and we'll have all the latest news on any moves they make in the transfer market. The main window is closed, but deals with EFL clubs can still be done until October 16.
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"I was like “I’ve been with my guy for ages, it’s all done”. "I got a call off my agent a couple of days later saying they’d pulled it." He continued: "I thought I was going there in the next window. I don’t know how real it was, whether my agent was pretending how real it was, I was only young at the time. "I have never heard of him (the agent) since. I’d only spoken to my agent when we had the terms sent and it was all agreed. "I thought I was nowhere near good enough or ready for this but thought let's roll with it and get better when I get there." This article was first published on 22 August, 2019.
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