He had only been at the Bernabeu for 16 months, yet the Daily Mail suggested that Liverpool were ready to bring the German to Anfield. The story was published just 2 weeks before the opening of the January transfer window, at a time where Liverpool were in 6th place in the Premier League, the same position they finished in last campaign. The best line of the story by far was this:
“If Liverpool finish in the top four and qualify for the Champions League then they will no doubt be in a stronger position to sign the forward, but failure to do so would not totally rule them out of a move for the 23-year-old.”
So despite ignoring interest from Arsenal, Manchester Untied and Barcelona to join Real Madrid, just a year and half later Ozil would be happy to join a club who weren’t even in the Europa League? It was a transfer story that was instantly dismissed by readers, who had enough sense to know that Ozil would never join a struggling Liverpool, let alone leave Real Madrid for them.