Five players Liverpool should be glad they DIDN'T sign in the summer

Arouna Kone

We look at the Reading, Everton, Schalke 04, Fiorentina and Granada players that Liverpool may have dodged a bullet on.

So we are about to exit the 2013 stage of the 2013-14 season and enter into a new year - so we were wondering if there were any players that Liverpool were linked with this summer, that Liverpool fans will be glad they didn’t sign.

They made some shrewd acquisitions, such as Mamadou Sakho, Kolo Toure and Simon Mignolet but also missed out on the likes of Diego Costa and Henrikh Mkhitaryan - but which players will fans be glad didn’t come through the entrance door at White Hart Lane…

Alex Pearce

This was always an odd link anyway. Brendan Rodgers had worked with the centre back at Reading and had reportedly not forgotten about his former protégé’s talents.

But in the end he signed a new deal at Reading - and has gone on to have a decent season for the Berkshire club, but he was surely never good enough to play at Anfield.

Arouna Kone

Liverpool wanted the Wigan star after his excellent season at the DW Stadium in 2012-13 but in the end he followed Roberto Martinez to the Blue side of Merseyside for £6.5 million.

But as far as Liverpool are concerned their rivals are welcome to him.

He is yet to score a goal for Everton and has suffered a knee injury that rules him out action, potentially, for the rest of the season.

Kyriakos Papadopoulos

Liverpool were reportedly set to make a very late bid for the player - but they must be glad they didn’t.

The Greek international has missed the majority of the season through injury - playing just a few minutes since returning to action the other week.

Josip Ilicic

Palermo playmaker was said to be highly rated by Rodgers and he was leaving after the Sicilian side got relegated.

However he decided to join Fiorentina instead - but he has struggled for fitness and form and the Slovenian is currently considered a disappointment.

Manuel Iturra

The Chilean at Malaga was reported to be, well 100% definitely going to Liverpool.

In the end that didn’t happen - instead he signed for Granada in La Liga.

He has had an average season in Spain - where Granada are mid-table.

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