Van der Sar reveals he shunned Liverpool interest for Fulham move

Ex-Manchester United goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar revealed Liverpool wanted to sign him the summer he left Juventus to join Fulham.

Former Ajax and Manchester United goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar revealed during an interview that he turned down a possible move to Liverpool in order to seal a £7.1 million transfer to Fulham in 2001.

When asked why he opted for Fulham after leaving Juventus and whether there were other options, Van der Sar said: 'Yes, there were enquiries from German and other English clubs - including Liverpool. But I wanted to make a decision early on the transfer window while other top clubs chose to wait until the deadline day. 

'I wanted to make a decision as soon as possible and I chose Fulham. They were an ambitious side and were offering good terms. And I had planned to stay at the club for a couple of years before making a move to a top Premier League club. 

'It took me a little longer - 4 years - before the biggest club in the country signed me up.' 

As Van der Sar said in his interview, Liverpool did wait until the last few hours of the transfer window to seal the deal with a goalkeeper - in fact, they signed two. 

Liverpool signed Chris Kirkland from Coventry City for an estimated £6 million pound on the same day they also landed Jerzy Dudek from Feynoord, who went on to become the Champions League hero for the club in 2005. 

Chris Kirkland, now at Sheffield Wednesday, went on to play just 25 Premier League games for Liverpool in a four-year spell, while Dudek managed 127 Premier League games in a six-year spell.

Jerzy Dudek and Edwin van der Sar during their respective spells in England both competed at the top end of the table, and were rightly rated among, not only the best keepers in the country, but the world.

Neither Dudek, or Kirkland, had the same success as Van der Sar had in the Premier League and it could be argued Liverpool missed a trick by not acting faster. However, given the memories Dudek created at Anfield, there will be few who admit to ruing missing out on the Dutch international.

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