Former Udinese and Italy striker Antonio Di Natale has revealed that Liverpool were once desperate to sign him.
Di Natale was one of the most prolific Italian strikers in Serie A in his prime, and was the league’s top scorer for two seasons in a row between 2009 and 2011.
It was around this time that Liverpool began to take an interest – with the Reds losing Fernando Torres to Chelsea in January 2011, but softening the blow with the signature of Luis Suarez.
Andy Carroll also headed to Anfield at the same time, and Di Natale has reiterated that he could also have made the move – had he not already turned down Juventus.
He revealed to Tuttosport (via Football Italia): “I wanted to remain in Udine and had just signed a four-year contract, I’d won the Capocannoniere [Serie A top scorer] title, felt important here and simply didn’t want to change everything.
“Liverpool wanted me at all costs too, they were prepared to do anything to get me to sign for them, but it would’ve made no sense for me to go to England when I’d already turned down Juve.”
It was not the first time Di Natale had been linked with Liverpool, as they had also asked about him when they signed Andrea Dossena in 2008.
The striker went on to score against the Reds in the Europa League in 2012, but Brendan Rodgers’ side still won their group.
In the present day, Liverpool have their eyes on attacking talent in Italy as well – with reports emerging on Sunday that they have registered their interest in Roma winger Nicolo Zaniolo.
The Serie A side are in desperate need of funds and may have to send some of their top talent away to do so – with Liverpool already having acquired Alisson Becker and Mohamed Salah from them in recent years.