According to BBC Sport, Liverpool tried to sign Real Madrid wonderkid Marvin Park while he was at Tranmere Rovers.
Park, 20, has enjoyed a breakout season under Zinedine Zidane, making his senior debut for Los Blancos after he helped Madrid lift the UEFA Youth League in August.
The Spain U19’s international was originally at Tranmere having moved to England with his parents at aged nine and stayed at the club until he was 16.
He then moved to back to his native Spain following a change in family circumstances and he is flourishing upon his arrival with the 13-time European Cup winners.
So here is a little look at what we know so far about youngster Park before Liverpool’s interest became common knowledge…
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1) Park spent three years rapidly ascending through the youth sides at Tranmere. Aged nine, Park was first moved to the Under-10s, before he was quickly bumped up another age bracket. Even with children two years his senior, his youth team coaches admitted ‘he still found it easy’.
2) Despite impressing in the north-west of England, Park mysteriously as he had arrived at Prenton Park, disappeared back to the Balearic Islands without a goodbye.
3) Born in Mallorca’s capital, Palma, to a Nigerian father and South Korean mother, Park had three nations fighting for his services. In January 2019, he accepted the invitation to play for Spain’s Under-19 side, making a cameo appearance during a 3-0 defeat to Italy.
4) Upon his return back to Real Madrid, Park was a regular in the Under-19s during the 2019/20 campaign as they went on to win the prestigious UEFA Youth League in August under the stewardship of legendary striker Raul.
5) Park grabbed the opener in the quater-finals against Inter Milan before supplying both goals in the club’s semi-final victory over RB Salzburg. Park also clocked up another assist in the final as Madrid overcame Benfica.
Taking his chance
Park was handed his senior debut for Madrid in the most dramatic of circumstances during the club’s inaugural La Liga match this season.
With 20 minutes to play, the Spanish champions needed a goal to avoid dropping points in their first match of the season. Instead of turning to £50 million [BBC] striker Luka Jovic, Zidane sent on the talented, yet vastly inexperienced, Park.
The youngster’s talents couldn’t be overlooked and he became the first youth team player to be handed a debut by Zidane since the 2017/18 season when the legendary World Cup-winning French icon promoted his son Luca to the first-team.
Speaking in regards to Park’s incredible rise to the peak of European football, Tranmere academy coach has handed special praise to the club’s former alumni.
“His development was unreal,” he told BBC Sport.
“There was interest from Liverpool, Everton, Wigan, Blackburn and Manchester United
“If he had stayed in England, the big clubs would have come and got him.”