As with a number of clubs, Liverpool have made some rather questionable transfers in the past that have not quite worked out as they would have liked.
For example, the likes of Alberto Aquilani, Mario Balotelli and Christian Benteke are just a few that spring to mind of transfers that all promised plenty, however, left many at Anfield wondering if they had a twin brother or a stunt double that had been purchased instead.
But, sometimes a club can catch a lucky break at times and not sign a player who they have been linked with in the past and be thankful that they did not miss out on anything special.
Take Gaston Ezequiel Ramirez Pereyra; Gaston Ramirez to you and I.
Liverpool were linked with a move for the then-21-year-old Uruguayan in 2012 by the Daily Mail in his Bologna days and are thought to have tabled a £16.3million offer according to the player’s agent.
Ramirez had been extremely impressive for the Serie A outfit that season, having scored eight goals in his 33 appearances for the struggling Italian club.
However, he was eventually snapped up by Southampton that summer for a reported fee believed to be around £12m (Goal).
But, Ramirez found life difficult on the south coast with the Saints and was soon sent out on loan to Hull City and Middlesbrough as he tried to prove he had what it took to become successful in English football.
Boro decided to take him on a permanent basis when they won promotion to the Premier League after the Uruguayan looked impressive in the Championship.
However, England’s top-flight continued to be a level too high for him and he decided to make a return to Italy as he was handed an opportunity at Sampdoria; a club he has now been at for the past two years, but his struggles have continued.
Indeed, with everything said and done and with how things have turned out for Ramirez, Liverpool must be breathing a sigh of relief as they surely dodged a bullet on this one.
Liverpool fans, how relieved are you that Ramirez is not another one to add to your failed transfers? Let us know below!
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