It could have been different for Wilfried Bony as tonight he could have been the man lining up for Liverpool against Swansea City.
He was on trial at the club in 2007, when Rafa Benitez was at the helm of Liverpool manager, and the Reds were linked with a £20 million + move for the Ivory Coast forward in the summer from Swansea City.
Bony has commented on his time at Liverpool, quoted in the Liverpool Echo: “They wanted to see what sort of a player I was and it was amazing as a young guy to get the chance to use facilities like that and to see a stadium like that.
“I remember sitting up in the stand there watching a game and I enjoy the chance to go and play there because it was my first experience of English football.
“It was nice to score a couple of times there last season, it is always nice to score at places where you have been and you were not able to make it. It’s not that you have a particular point to prove, you always have a point to prove in football, but it is nice."
Bony has been one of the more feared forwards in the league following his £12 million move from Heerenveen last summer, and in his first season in South Wales he scored 26 goals from 48 games, including a brace at Anfield last season in a 4-3 defeat.
This season, after a summer where he was linked with a move to both Arsenal and Liverpool among other Premier League clubs, he has continued in a similar scoring vein - finding the net eight times in 20 games, and is likely to give a Liverpool defence that has kept just the five clean sheets to so far this season some problems this evening.