According to football writer Paul Tomkins, Liverpool were close to signing Aaron Ramsey in 2008 before he joined Arsenal.

Liverpool might have won the Champions League last month but memories of the bad times in recent years remain all too fresh.

Jurgen Klopp’s unbelievable management has helped allow these fade to an extent but Roy Hodgson’s spell in the Anfield hot seat still haunt supporters.

Roy Hodgson.

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Rafa Benitez is another Liverpool icon who did a terrific job while he was in charge of the club but it’s been revealed by football writer Paul Tomkins that the club turned down the chance to sign Aaron Ramsey in 2008.


The Welsh midfielder was just 19 when he was invited to Melwood ahead of a potential move to Liverpool which would have cost the club a mere £1million but the Reds didn’t act on their interest beyond that due to one baffling reason.

They turned down the chance to sign Ramsey due to the fact that they already had Jay Spearing on the books, Tomkins reveals Rafa Benitez once told him.

Aaron Ramsey.

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Rafa had Javier Mascherano, Xabi Alonso and Steven Gerrard in midfield at the time but Ramsey would have presented an exciting option for the future and after he turned into an absolute gem of a player for Arsenal, it’s a bit disappointing to learn he could have been a Red.

Of course, with the talent now on display at Liverpool with the likes of Keita playing under Klopp it’s not the end of the world.

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