Liverpool have been blessed with some fine strikers in their history. Sir King Kenny Dalglish, Robbie Fowler, Michael Owen, Fernando Torres, Luis Suarez and Bobby Firmino are just a handful of forwards to wow the Kop with their performances. We may have been talking about another famous name if things had been different, Nicolas Anelka has admitted that he “wanted to sign” for Liverpool permanently but the move never materialised.

Nicolas Anelka has said he wanted to sign for Liverpool permanently.

Nicolas Anelka has said he wanted to sign for Liverpool permanently. (Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

Superstar journeyman

Nicolas Anelka is one of football’s most mercurial talents. The French forward is renowned for hopping clubs throughout his trophy laden career, never truly settling anywhere.

The forward had spells just about everywhere, playing at the highest level in England, Spain and Italy, even journeying as far afield as Mumbai and Shanghai.

Despite lifting the Champions League, Serie A, Premier League and European Championship he has a fraught and complex legacy.

Anelka Liverpool loan

Following a disappointing second spell with Paris Saint Germain Nicolas Anelka was loaned out to Liverpool for the second half of the 2001/02 season.

The Frenchman netted some important goals for the club, firing the Reds to second place in the Premier League, just pipping Manchester United.


However, at the end of the season Gerard Houllier decided against Nicolas Anelka permanently signing for Liverpool, instead buying the infamous El Hadji Diouf.

Anelka wanted Liverpool stay

Speaking on his new Netflix documentary Anelka Misunderstood the striker lifted the lid on his time at Anfield.

Anelka said that he ‘wanted to sign with Liverpool’, adding that the episode was ‘tragic’ for him because he felt he could have done ‘a lot of great things’ for the Reds.

This admission will come as a surprise to a lot of Kopites, many of whom assumed he didn’t want to stay on Merseyside – most likely because of his sulky reputation.

However, the Frenchman may be making this statement with the benefit of hindsight given the successes the club has achieved recently, he could have become a greater part of the Liverpool folklore.

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