UCL-winner was wanted at Liverpool after ex-boss’ scouting missions, Euro giants snatched him

Ex-Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has revealed that he wanted to sign Thiago Alcantara from Barcelona when he was in charge at Anfield, but the player’s desire to move to Bayern Munich prevented a deal.

The Northern Irishman, who is now in the Celtic hot-seat, was the Reds’ head coach between 2012 and 2015, during which time he almost guided the club to their first Premier League title.

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During his spell at Anfield, Rodgers had a patchy record in terms of signings. And speaking ahead of the Bhoys’ Champions League clash with Barca, he’s revealed that he wanted to sign Thiago from the Catalans after watching him first-hand:

“I used to often come to see the lower categories of Barca, Nolito was in youth, Soriano in the reserves with Thiago,” he is quoted as saying by the Liverpool Echo.

“I tried to sign Thiago for Liverpool, but could not because he wanted to sign for Bayern. I’ve seen many games of Barca’s youth football and I love how the club works and its values.”

Thiago, 25, won the Champions League twice while at Barcelona, as well as four La Liga titles, albeit serving as a squad player for much of that time.

He followed manager Pep Guardiola to Bayern in 2013 and has since helped them to three Bundesliga titles on the trot, although injury issues have limited his role at the Allianz Arena.