Liverpool is one of Europe’s top teams, as well as the best in England. As a football club, they have done well in the past and present, winning practically everything.
Liverpool has signed a number of excellent players, all of whom are delighted to be at Anfield. Liverpool has always gotten it right in terms of signing top players in the past and now, resulting in a good legend in the club.
However, there are a few players who Liverpool attempts to sign and then end up at another team. The five players listed below were all targets for Liverpool but eventually signed with another club.
- Michael Laudrup
Michael Laudrup, one of the best attacking midfielders of his generation, agreed to join Liverpool in the summer of 1983. The deal fell through as the Reds insisted on adding a year to Laudrup’s agreed-upon three-year contract.
The Brondby powerhouse left the English giants for Juventus for a €1.5 million deal the following summer.
Laudrup lauded the Reds as his ideal club in an interview with Liverpool ECHO, adding that the Reds did make a bid for him back in the day.
Laudrup had a lot of success at Juventus, but he also had a lot of success at Barcelona and subsequently Real Madrid. Laudrup won five La Liga titles, one Champions League, one Copa del Rey, two UEFA Super Cups, and two Spanish Super Cups during his time in Spain.
- Nemanja Vidic
Nemanja Vidic is largely regarded as one of Manchester United’s greatest defenders. Vidic may have become a Liverpool star if Rafael Benitez had his way back in 2006.
The Serbian confessed that he was on the verge of joining the Reds from Spartak Moscow in 2006, but his sloppy English got in the way.
Vidic won five Premier Leagues, a Champions League, and three League Cups during his eight years at Old Trafford, among other accolades.
- Alexis Sanchez
Alexis Sanchez planned for a move away from Barcelona in 2014 after three seasons at the Camp Nou. Liverpool, who were due to lose Luis Suarez to Barcelona the same summer, wanted Sanchez to take his place.
Then-manager Brendan Rodgers attempted to get the Chilean to Anfield, but Arsene Wenger’s Arsenal beat him to it.
Sanchez was one of Europe’s greatest players between 2014 and 2018. In 166 games for Arsenal, he scored 80 goals and provided 45 assists.
- Toni Kroos
Toni Kroos has secured his spot as one of the best midfielders of all time after winning it all with Bayern Munich and Real Madrid.
Among other accolades, the German has won five Champions League titles and six league crowns (three Bundesliga and three La Liga), as well as the 2014 World Cup with Germany.
Liverpool opted to put their hat in the ring when the then-Bayern Munich central midfielder became available for transfer in the summer of 2014. Brendan Rodgers, the Reds’ manager at the time, requested that club captain Steven Gerrard approach Kroos.
- Kylian Mbappe
Kylian Mbappe, the world’s most sought-after striker, has extended his contract with Paris Saint-Germain for another three years.
The Frenchman, whose contract was set to expire in June 2022, considered a change of scenery at first but finally decided to stay in Paris.
PSG’s main rival in the Mbappe drama was Real Madrid, but the youngster disclosed that his mother’s favorite club, Liverpool, was also discussed.
Mbappe has appeared in 217 games for PSG in all competitions, scoring 171 goals and assisting 88 times.
Since joining the Parisians from Monaco in 2017, he has won four Ligue 1 titles and three French Cups.