Van Der Sar came close to joining Liverpool


Former Manchester United goalkeeper Edwin Van Der Sar has revealed that he came close to joining Liverpool.

The ex-Holland international stopper came very near to becoming part of Gerard Houllier’s squad back in the Summer of 1999 before decided to join Italian club Juventus.

Van Der Sar, who was speaking to FourFourTwo magazine, explained that he was given a tour around Anfield and also met with some of the squad.

But it all came to nothing when the Serie A giants made an offer for the custodian to leave Dutch heavyweights Ajax for Italy rather than England.

“When I left Ajax in 1999, I travelled to Liverpool and spoke to Houllier.” he said.

“I was shown around Anfield and also met with the chairman and a couple of the players.

“I thought about it, but when Juventus came to the table I came to the conclusion that it would be a bigger challenge to play in Italy.” he finished.

Liverpool went on to sign another Dutchman in the shape of Sander Westerveld, who was part of the 2000/01 cup treble winning squad.

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