Liverpool have had some iconic strikers at the club over the years. In my lifetime we’ve seen Michael Owen lift the Ballon d’Or, the Kop has fallen in love with Fernando Torres and been dazzled by Luis Suarez. One iconic striker we never had has discussed the near miss; André-Pierre Gignac has revealed he turned Liverpool down in 2010.
Who is André-Pierre Gignac?
35-year-old Frenchman André-Pierre Gignac plays up front for Tigres in Mexico.
He is a somewhat iconic striker, having scored goals for just so many years now.
Ginac began his senior career at Lorient before moving to Toulouse.
After Toulouse, Gignac signed for Didier Deschamps’ Marseille.
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The striker netted 77 goals in 188 games for the French side before joining Mexican side Tigres in 2015.
He has scored 148 in 254 games for Tigres. Gignac also has seven goals in 36 games for France.
André-Pierre Gignac on Liverpool
Back in 2010 the striker’s future was up in the air.
He was leaving Toulouse but just where he was headed wasn’t certain.
The forward had offers from La Liga and the Premier League, speaking to RMC Sport, André-Pierre Gignac discussed turning down Liverpool:
“I was born in Martigues, 40km from Marseille. All my childhood, it was Marseille. My family support OM. My dream…
“It was Marseille or Liverpool in 2010. I turned down Valencia just before. They’d sent me a plane with some good ham inside. I promise you, it makes you want to. They knew that with a bit of jamon iberico, they could do it, but I refused.
“Christophe Cano (his agent) comes and tells me: ‘André, you have Liverpool or Marseille’. I replied: ‘You can rip up Liverpool’s contract, we’re going to Marseille’. That’s it”
What RTK has to say
Andre-Pierre Gignac turned Liverpool down to sign for his boyhood club, we can’t begrudge him that.
We have plenty of respect for people wanting to live out a childhood dream rather than chase money or glory.
Though we could’ve needed him in 2010, we had David N’Gog and Milan Jovanovic up top.