Both Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur wanted to sign Bobby Zamora after the best year of his Premier League career at Roy Hodgson’s Fulham.
Former England striker Bobby Zamora has admitted that he regrets not seizing the chance to join Liverpool during his days as a Premier League star, speaking to the Offside Rule Podcast.
Zamora was never one of the most technically gifted centre-forwards of his generation but there’s a reason why he won a pair of caps for the Three Lions while leading the line in England’s top flight for years, representing the likes of West Ham, Fulham and QPR.
The 38-year-old was unstoppable on his day and a staggering performance in Fulham’s fabled 4-1 Europa League victory against Juventus in 2010, in which he made Ballon D’Or winner Fabio Cannavaro look like a Sunday League player, will forever remain in the memory.
But Zamora never truly proved himself at the very top of the English game – a regret that lives with him to this day.
Zamora had an earlier spell at Tottenham in 2003, but it was too early for him and he was sold to West Ham.
“Maybe I should have dealt with it differently and done what I’ve seen other people do to get the move that they want,” Zamora said, reflecting on his failure to secure a move to Tottenham or Liverpool after a 19-goal season for Fulham in 2010.
“I thoroughly enjoyed my time at Fulham when I stayed there but maybe that would be one regret, not going to Liverpool or Spurs at that top time. Probably Liverpool more than Spurs.”
It was Roy Hodgson who got the best out of Zamora during his time at Craven Cottage and it’s tempting to wonder how differently the 73-year-old’s time at Anfield would have gone if one of his favourite charges had followed him to Anfield nine years ago.
Instead, Fulham owner Mohamed Al-Fayed blocked a dream move and Zamora never came so close to reaching the top.