Liverpool previously attempted to lure Emile Smith Rowe to Anfield, according to reports. The Reds were tracking the 20-year-old before he signed a professional contract at Arsenal.
This comes from The Evening Standard. They claim Liverpool, as well as Borussia Dortmund and Ajax, were all interested in Smith-Rowe back in 2016.
Liverpool’s interest, then, was during the opening period of Jurgen Klopp’s Anfield reign at a time where Smith-Rowe’s future was unresolved, too.
The attacking midfielder, however, decided to remain at Arsenal, the club he joined at the age of 10.
Smith-Row has been a revelation in Mikel Arteta’s team in recent weeks. He is contracted at the Emirates Stadium until 2023, as per transfermarkt.
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He is averaging a goal or assist every 75 minutes this season, as per WhoScored. Smith-Rowe has started in Arsenal’s previous three matches against Chelsea, Brighton and West Brom.
His inspiring form in the Premier League this term has seen him dubbed by Arsenal supporters as the ‘Croydon De Bruyne’.
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It seems Smith-Rowe made the right choice, after all.
As talented as the England U20’s international is, his career prospects wouldn’t be as prosperous if he were a Liverpool player. A harsh ultimatum, but an honest one.
There is a significant gulf in quality between Arsenal and the English champions, after all. Not to mention Smith-Rowe would have to contest for places with the likes of Sadio Mane, Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Diogo Jota.
Also, Liverpool tend to avoid playing with a No.10 – which is Smith-Rowe’s best position. The Reds haven’t done so since the departure of Philippe Coutinho to Barcelona, then.
Indeed, things could have been very different for Smith-Rowe had he chosen Anfield all those years ago. For now, however, he certainly looks better suited at Arsenal.