Mesut Ozil (2011)

Real Madrid midfielder Mesut ozil

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.