Phil Thompson claims Liverpool nearly signed Alan Shearer in 2004

Liverpool have been treated to some magnificent strikers down the years. In my lifetime I fell in love with Fernando Torres and mourned his loss until Luis Suarez came to dazzle the Kop. Things apparently could’ve been a whole lot different in the 2000s. According to Phil Thompson, Liverpool nearly signed Alan Shearer in 2004.

According to Phil Thompson, Liverpool nearly signed Alan Shearer in 2004. Credit: Stu Forster /Allsport

Alan Shearer Premier League legend

There is no overstating Alan Shearer’s place in Premier League history.

The retired forward is the division’s all time top goal scorer.

He netted 283 goals in the Premier League during spells with Southampton, Blackburn Rovers and Newcastle United.

The striker won mountains of individual honours: PFA awards, FWA awards, golden boots, you name it.

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Liverpool nearly signed Alan Shearer

Shearer is a Newcastle United legend.

It was his hometown club and after he arrived back in Toon in 1996 he enjoyed a happy decade with the Magpies.

Things could’ve been very different according to Phil Thompson, the ex-Anfield coach said Liverpool nearly signed Alan Shearer in 2004, saying:

“Gerard [Houllier] came to me and said ‘we can sign Alan Shearer and he wants to come to us’.

“I said I thought he was using us – because I knew he wanted a new contract at Newcastle.

“Gerard said he’d spoken to Shearer, who told him he wanted to come to Liverpool. He was convinced that the deal was done.”

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Had Liverpool signed Alan Shearer then the mid 2000s could’ve been very different.

The striker would’ve been there for the iconic Champions League win in 2005.

Imagine that, Big Al, all dressed in red lifting the European Cup with Steven Gerrard and Jamie Carragher.

Alas, we weren’t that lucky. What a player, though.

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