35-year-old says Liverpool coaches were always talking about signing him, John Terry says he's a PL 'legend'
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35-year-old says Liverpool coaches were always talking about signing him, John Terry says he's a PL 'legend'

Recently retired West Ham United legend Mark Noble has claimed that Liverpool were once interested in signing him.

Noble called time on his career at the end of last season. Having made over 500 appearances for West Ham, he’s a modern-day legend.

After spending time on-loan at Hull City and Ipswich Town in his early years, the 35-year-old was in the Hammers first team for fifteen straight seasons. However, from his interview with Happy Hour Podcast, it appears that Liverpool once tried to interrupt that.

“I think everyone knew my feelings and my situation for the club [West Ham]. Could I have gone elsewhere and earned more money? Of course I could, because you earn more money from moves and all that,” Noble explained.

“Yes [there was interest from Liverpool]. Actually, our goalkeeper coach, who was at Liverpool at the time, Xavi [Valero], he said ‘we spoke about you a lot in meetings’.

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“Obviously that never materialised but when I look back now and when I see the send-off I got and the loyalty I had shown to the club and history I’ve created, I don’t care about myself but for my kids and for their kids and for their kids, an extra few grand a week doesn’t compare to that.”

Noble misses out on Liverpool adventure

If Noble thinks that all he would have got from a move to Liverpool is a few extra grand a week, then he’s kidding himself.

Of course, he had a very good career at Premier League level with his hometown club. You can’t really put a price on that. But this would have been a huge step up for him.

Valero was at the club as a goalkeeping coach under Rafa Benitez for three seasons from 2007/08. During that period, Liverpool were challenging for the Premier League and regularly reaching the latter stages of the Champions League.

In his mid-twenties at the time, Noble would have been coming into a midfield containing the likes of Steven Gerrard and Xabi Alonso.

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With the fullness of time, we can see that he couldn’t lace either’s boots. But in the mid-to-late 2000s, Noble was one regularly in the discussion for an England call-up.

Just like a move upwards though, that never happened for him. Instead, he plodded on at West Ham and never managed to break into the England set-up.

A transfer to Liverpool would likely have made that happen, too. But judging from Noble’s comments, he doesn’t regret it.

Upon his retirement last summer, John Terry labelled him as a ‘Premier League legend.’ That may be stretching things a little far, but he still made the best of his somewhat limited abilities.

No regrets here from either party.

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