Long-term Liverpool target and West Ham powerhouse Mo Diame has revealed that he had his heart set on a move to Anfield but instead had to settle for West Ham after Kenny Dalglish was fired.
Diame joined the Hammers on a free transfer from Wigan in 2012 but he has revealed he came agonisingly close to ending up at Anfield.
As quoted on the Daily Express website, he said: “In my head I was already in Liverpool.
“It was next, I told everyone that I was there. It was as if one of my greatest wishes to wear the Liverpool shirt had been accomplished.
“One day my agent and I went to the training centre to see Kenny Dalglish, who was the coach.
“I found myself amongst photos of Gerrard and company, all these great players. I was proud of myself.
“I arrived in the office and Dalglish said ‘I can’t guarantee you’ll play every match but we have a lot of games to play’.
“He talked to me about the European Cup, my benefits and the pre-season trip to America. He sold me the dream!
“So I went on holiday expecting my agent to make contact with Liverpool’s management to discuss the financial arrangements.
“Unfortunately, Dalglish was fired and all negotiations stopped.”