Rafa never missed out on those 3 because he could never come to a position where a fee was discussed between the parties let alone the players wages.
Hicks and Gillett.
Nah mate, Rafa said at the time that he couldn't gamble on a 17 year old. He then went and bought Pennant for around £7million and Kuyt for £10million. Aguero eventually went for £17.5 million.Again with Walcott we bought Bellamy instead.
BTW both those were under Moores not Hicks and Gillett.
Ramsey, Rafa again said that he couldn't gamble on high priced teens because he needed to strengthen the first team. So we went for Barry instead of Ramsey (we all know how that turned out)
Personally I don't blame Rafa OR Brendan, they were under pressure to deliver results and high priced teenagers who would need a few years to develop just wasn't on their agenda when we also needed first team players.
Certainly Aguero was mad keen to come to Liverpool
Highly-rated Argentinian teenager Sergio Aguero wants to join Liverpool.
Highly-rated Argentinian teenager Sergio Aguero says that he would rather join European champions Liverpool than German giants Bayern Munich.
Bayern had been looking to make a move for the promising 17-year-old attacker, and were willing to pay around £10 million for his services.
Chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge hinted a bid would be forthcoming sooner rather than later in the hope of getting their foot in the door ahead of Real Madrid and Barcelona.
However, the Independiente youngster says that he would rather join Rafa Benitez's Liverpool - the club he says he supported as a boy.
"If I had to choose a league then it would be the Premier League," Aguero is quoted as saying in the Munich TZ newspaper.
"I have been a Liverpool fan for as long as I can remember and it would be a dream to play there.
"I watched the Champions League final and celebrated every goal as if it was for Independiente."
Benitez has already dipped into the Argentine market to sign young defender Gabriel Paletta from Banfield for next season, and he could make a move for compatriot Aguero.
The 17-year-old, who plays in midfield or up front, is being tipped as the next big thing from South America, and has been backed to make as big an impact as Lionel Messi in Europe.
Benitez is always on the look-out for fresh new talent to bring to Anfield and Aguero's comments will make him confident of beating off a host of top European sides if he decides to make a move.