Luis Suarez “was destined for Juventus” in 2012 before Liverpool talked him round, reveals former Reds boss Brendan Rodgers.
The Uruguay international eventually did move on to Barcelona for €81m in the summer of 2014, but it was almost a very different story.
“I think at Liverpool, you always feel you can hang on to your best players, because you have such an iconic club, an institution worldwide,” Rodgers told The Coaches Voice.
“When I first went in there, Luis was destined for Juventus, and we were able to talk him round into staying, telling him that the team would be built around him and his qualities.
“Second season, we obviously had the Arsenal connection. Then he went on to have his best season and then that following season we couldn't keep him.”