The new Steven Gerrard autobiography is being serialised in the Daily Mail and he has had some very interesting things to say including his role in trying to persuade some of the best players to sign for the Reds.
This is what he wrote,
“I had an unofficial role at the club, trying to persuade some great players to join Liverpool. It was the same ritual every summer. The club would let me know which long-shot they had in mind then ask me to contact him.
“They thought that a request to consider moving to Liverpool would have more impact coming from me.
“In 2013, the latest player in our sights was Willian. I followed the usual routine when approaching a star player we wanted to sign. Instead of calling him directly I always sent a text. It seemed more respectful.
“I said hello and hoped he didn’t mind me contacting him directly. I stressed how much I admired him as a player and then, having mentioned that I knew Liverpool were speaking to his agent, I used the standard line: ‘If you need to chat or ask any questions I’m available at any time.”
“Our target in 2014 was ridiculously optimistic. Brendan asked me to take a crack at trying to talk Toni Kroos into signing for Liverpool. He smiled when I said we’d be p****** into the wind with this one.
“We both admired Kroos immensely. I knew Real Madrid were gearing up to make Bayern Munich an offer so I felt a bit awkward when I texted Kroos.
“The German was on his way to winning the World Cup with his country and Real were the champions of Europe. But God loves a trier, and so I gave it a whirl.”
That is quite a revelation, their transfer policy was so ambitious even their own captain at the time thought it was ridiculous.