Aldridge reveals Liverpool could have signed Coleman before Everton
Former Liverpool legend John Aldridge has revealed that the Reds had the opportunity to sign in one of the most highly rated full back in the Premier League this season, Seamus Coleman. The Irish defender is instead playing for Everton after securing a move worth 60,000 pounds in 2009.
Aldridge informed that Coleman was offered to Liverpool when Rafael Benitez was still in charge of the club. Aldridge, who used to play for Republic of Ireland, claims League of Ireland team Sligo Rovers came up with the proposal of selling Coleman to Liverpool during the January transfer window of 2009.
Coleman has proven himself to be a great asset for Everton this season. Aldridge claims Liverpool made a huge mistake by letting go off the opportunity to sign in the 25-year-old Republic of Ireland international.
“If Rafael Benitez had been a little more open-minded during his final year as Liverpool manager, Seamus Coleman could be wearing a red shirt at Anfield last night and not a blue Everton jersey,” Aldridge wrote the Sunday World.
“Back in my days as Tranmere manager, Liverpool-born Paul Cook was one of the players in my squad and he went on to manage Sligo Rovers during a period when a young Coleman emerged through the ranks and started to make a name for himself in the League of Ireland.
“Paul knew this kid was top drawer and he rang some contacts at Liverpool and tried to encourage them to take a look at Coleman, but Benitez rejected his advances and said he wasn’t interested. What a mistake that proved to be.”
Aldridge said that Everton wasted no time in pouncing up on the opportunity to sign in Coleman, who has now fully established himself as one of the most deadly left backs in the Premier League.
Aldridge was full of praise for his young compatriot and suggested that a bright future lay ahead for Coleman, who attacking abilities have impressed as much as his defensive traits. Coleman has been doing a brilliant job as an attacking full back for Everton.
Coleman has already scored a couple of goals and appears to be in deadly form defensively. Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers is interested in bolstering his defensive options. The Anfield boss has recruited men for central defense, but the full back options, especially on the right wing have been a cause of concern for him.