Liverpool face Leeds United on Sunday in a very exciting fixture. They’ll also come up against a £13m player they once tried to sign.
Marcelo Bielsa dropped some updates on Friday as his Leeds United side prepare to face Liverpool. He says that all three of Stuart Dallas, Mateusz Klich, and Junior Firpo are back for the game.
The latter of which is particularly interesting. Not just because Firpo is a new £13m signing for Leeds but because he’s a player Liverpool reportedly wanted.
Sport claimed Liverpool were after him back in 2019. They saw the left-back as ideal competition for Andy Robertson. The Guardian then wrote similar, saying the Reds were ‘undismayed’ by his £45m price tag.
Liverpool opted not to bring him in, of course. Instead, Firpo moved to Barcelona for around £27m in what proved to be an ill-fated transfer.
So while the finances were perhaps off, Firpo was definitely available that summer. Liverpool had reason to sign him, too, as they lost Alberto Moreno.
Of course, the Reds ended up signing no one at all in 2019 and went into the new season with essentially the same squad (less-Moreno). 12 months later, they were champions of England.
They’d correct their left-back void in 2020 with Kostas Tsimikas – despite Firpo allegedly being available again.
That’s twice that Liverpool passed on the player, then. Despite the links, they clearly didn’t see enough to put money on the table. Or at least, enough money on the table.
It’s difficult to see that as a bad decision, given Liverpool won the league and signed the impressive Tsimikas since. But it will be interesting to see what the Reds said no to up close.
A fantastic display from the left-back and maybe there will be a tinge of regret.