John Aldridge has been vocal in revealing that Liverpool had the chance to sign Seamus Coleman whilst he was playing for Sligo Rovers in his homeland.
Aldridge, who scored 50 goals in 89 games for Liverpool, has stated that the Reds could well have signed Coleman had things been different.
“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," he told the Sunday World.
Aldridge has previously worked with then-Sligo boss Paul Cook, who recommended the wideman to the Anfield outfit.
“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,” Aldridge continued.
“Every time I see him, I can’t help but lament what might have been for Liverpool.”
But where would Coleman have fitted in at Liverpool?
Glen Johnson is the Reds’ automatic first-choice at right-back, but has suffered from debilitating injuries and a dip in form this season.
Coleman’s versatility to play either at full-back or on the wing would have been a real asset for Liverpool, while with Brendan Rodgers experimenting with a 3-5-2 system, the Irishman would be the perfect wing-back to go forward and defend.
With Everton’s continued progression, there have been plenty of rumours that some of the top English clubs could raid the Goodison Park club for the defender.
After signing for the Toffees for a meagre £60,000, Coleman is being rated in the region of £25 million this January transfer window.
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