Iconic Premier League striker Darren Bent has claimed that Jamie Carragher tried to convince him to sign for Liverpool although he admitted that he probably would have been “too expensive” for the club at the time.
The 12-time former England international who clocked up 106 Premier League goals during a 17-year career was a transfer target of the club during the summer of 2010 when Roy Hodgson was drafted in as Rafa Benitez’s replacement at the Anfield helm.
It came during a time of turmoil for the Reds with then-club owners George Gillett and Tom Hicks’ ownership heading to a court case before FSG eventually purchased the club in October 2010.
Bent, now 36, had just completed his first season with Sunderland at the time, and had clocked up a career-high 25 goals during his inaugural campaign at the Stadium of Light.
Having hung up his boots in 2018, Bent has recalled how Sky Sports pundit and Liverpool icon Carragher had previously tried to talk him into an Anfield move.
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Speaking with talkSPORT, he said: “There was one particular time; I’d just finished my first season for Sunderland and it had gone really well.
“It wasn’t a conversation like, ‘we need to get you there’, it was kind of like, ‘it would be good if you came, you did really well in your first season, you’re probably a little bit too expensive for us’.
“I was like, ‘bloody hell!’. It’s Liverpool Football Club, you’ve got to jump at the chance.
“I ended up staying at Sunderland, I didn’t go anywhere. Maybe Benitez didn’t see eye-to-eye with Carragher in the signing!
“That’s usually what happens.”
Liverpool’s transfer model has since significantly changed from the days Benitez would ask his players to scout out potential targets with sporting director Michael Edwards now the club’s spearhead when it comes to transfers.
The former Portsmouth data analysis has become one of the great meticulous minds in football and his dealings in the transfer window have reinstated Liverpool once again as one of world football’s leading superpowers.
Carragher was the first to acknowledge how the club’s core values and key principles when it comes to transfers have changed over the years referencing the work of Edwards in an amusing Twitter response.
His post read: “Rafa asked me to ask him! I’m no Michael Edwards!!”