4 Mar 2017

Decision Made: 'Unique' £38m star sends strong transfer message to Klopp and confirms Liverpool deal is definitely a no-go

Earlier this week, Liverpool legend Phil Thompson admitted that he'd love to see the Reds sign one of Everton's most coveted players, but what are the chances of that actually happening?

Speaking to Sky Sports on Monday, Thompson revealed the player at the top of his transfer wishlist:

"I would have Ross Barkley. I think most teams would want that. I would take him at Liverpool."

Barkley was linked with an improbable £38m transfer to Liverpool back in 2014, but when asked today about a possible move to Anfield, he made his position emphatically clear:

"You've got to take positives. He [Thompson] must really believe that I'm a good player, but that would never happen. I would never cross the line to go to the other side".

Liverpool also tried to sign 'unique' Barkley during Rafa Benitez's reign. In 2008, Barkley (then 14) scored two goals for Broadgreen International in the Liverpool Echo Cup Final, and Benitez presented the trophy.

According to the BBC, Benitez and a host of Premier League scouts were 'impressed enough to want to sign him' but Barkley wasn't interested. His PE teacher at the time recalled:

"He [Barkley] was loyal to Everton and that came across when he met Rafael Benitez. He was not arrogant or rude - he just 'thanks very much' and that was that."

Sorry Thommo, but this particular deal isn't happening.

* Jan 2017: Gerrard admitted he's a 'big fan' of Barkley and claimed he can be Everton's 'bright spark' for the next 10 years.


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