Liverpool have made some excellent transfer decisions during the FSG era. The Reds’ recruitment has become the envy of the footballing world with the club’s ability to spot value in the market producing results on the pitch with a minimal net spend. One move that didn’t happen involves the ‘Peruvian Casemiro’, Liverpool reportedly didn’t sign Renato Tapia because of concerns around his height.
Who is Renato Tapia?
25-year-old Peruvian Renato Tapia plays as a defensive midfielder for Celta Vigo.
The player has drawn comparisons to Casemiro for his astute reading of the game and his tackling ability.
Tapia joined Celta on a free transfer, arriving from Dutch side Feyenoord.
This term he’s been a mainstay in the Vigo midfield, starting 26 of his side’s 28 games in the league.
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He’s earned a WhoScored rating of 6.92 for the season; quite a feisty midfielder he’s picked up 11 yellow cards.
Liverpool and Renato Tapia
Things could’ve been very different for the midfielder.
According to AS, Liverpool took Renato Tapia on trial before he joined FC Twente in 2013.
The Spanish outlet has claimed that the Reds rejected the player as they didn’t believe he’d grow past 180cm tall – his height is currently listed as 185cm.
Tapia reportedly also had a trial with Spurs before joining the Dutch side.
What RTK has to say
Liverpool may have missed out on Renato Tapia.
The Peruvian is shining in the Spanish La Liga, he is clearly a natural talent.
Even if he hadn’t made the grade at Anfield we would’ve been able to make a healthy profit developing him and selling him.
Hopefully he doesn’t hold it against us if we go back for him in the years to come.