Barcelona legend and Paris Saint Germain star Dani Alves could have experienced a very different trajectory through football if he had signed for Liverpool in 2006.
It is safe to say that Liverpool had suffered at the right-back position for years until Trent Alexander-Arnold stepped up the plate.
Indeed, not since the short but incredible career of Markus Babbel, who appeared just 42 times for Liverpool in the Premier League, but played a key part in the club’s treble-winning season, had they experienced real dynamic quality on the right-hand side.
But how different could the club’s fortunes have been if Rafael Benitez successful pursued Dani Alves?
Dani Alves – 2006
It will pain Liverpool fans to hear how close Dani Alves was to signing.
“I pretty much had an agreement with Liverpool. But for whatever reason, it didn’t happen at the last moment and I really don’t know why, as I wasn’t the one conducting the negotiations. I had other people representing me back then,” he told Four Four Two.
A spate of conjecture often follows the ‘what if?’ question in relation to a players career.
What if Eric Cantona joined Sheffield Wednesday instead of Manchester United – would we have seen the iconic karate kick? What if Robert Lewandoski teamed up with Blackburn Rovers in 2010 – would we have been treated to one of the finest goalscoring talents known in modern history?
Indeed, what if Dani Alves joined Liverpool in 2006?
To develop as a top quality player an individual needs to be surrounded by ten other supreme talents and that is exactly what the Brazilian had at Barcelona; the likes of Carlos Puyol, Gerard Pique, Xavi, Iniesta and Messi, amongst many, many more. All of whom came together to help the former Sevilla man collect three Champions League medal, seven domestic titles and four Copa del Rey trophies.
Not to mention the titles he has accumulated in Italy and France playing for Juventus and PSG, respectively.
The same cannot be said for Liverpool, and that is a major sticking point.
Anfield is without a major trophy since their FA Cup victory in 2006, and signed the likes of Jermaine Pennant and Alvaro Arbeloa as alternatives. Not great.Like what the TT have on offer? Sign up for more notifications!
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