According to former Liverpool chief executive Rick Parry, Dani Alves almost joined the Reds but decided not to spend their budget on a fullback.
It’s safe to say that Dani Alves has had a glittering career playing as a right back for Barcelona before moving to Juventus last summer.
While with Barcelona, the Brazilian fullback won the La Liga on six occasions and the Champions League on three. He was a crucial part of a Barca side that ran rampant under Pep Guardiola and was the best right back on the planet at one point.
And yet, all that glory could have been had at Liverpool if things had been slightly different. At least, that’s the story according to former Liverpool chief executive Rick Parry.
Liverpool apparently had a deal for Alves all but wrapped up and Rafa Benitez had prioritised the purchase of the now Juventus defender but the Reds opted to sign Peter Crouch and Jermaine Pennant instead of spending their whole budget on one fullback.
Rick Parry told BBC Radio Merseyside, “We had the deal – finally, after enormous complications – tied up for Dani Alves and then the decision was should we buy two players or should we spend all of that on a full-back?
“Alves was not the player then that he is now, but he always looked like he would be a great player.
“Would he have been a better signing than [Jermaine] Pennant and [Peter] Crouch, for example? Probably yes, but it’s [to say] easy with hindsight.”
He added: “Looking back, if I could do anything different, it would be to focus on buying one [player] at a time rather than having to buy five or six every season.”
This revelation should come as advice to current Liverpool manager and sporting director Michael Edwards. With the Reds looking to bolster their ranks for the 2017/18 season, quality should be targeted over quantity.
Mohamed Salah’s arrival on Merseyside represents a step in the right direction but Klopp and co. need to continue in this stead to ensure that Liverpool start the new season with a squad capable of challenging for top honours.
Liverpool have been linked with the likes of Virgil van Dijk and Naby Keita who would go a long way to reinforcing Klopp’s squad.