Liverpool could have signed Sheringham


Liverpool could have signed former England striker Teddy Sheringham.

Ex-Reds boss Roy Evans has revealed that he came close to bringing the Manchester United legend to Anfield during his time in charge at the club.

But the board refused to allow Evans to snap up the forward from Spurs as they felt that he was too old – at the age of twenty-seven years.

Sheringham went on to join Manchester United in the Summer of 1997 and paid a big part in their treble success of the 1998/99 season.

He went on to return to Spurs after his four years at Old Trafford before playing for Portsmouth, West Ham, Colchester and Stevenage.

And Evans has spoken about his frustration over being vetoed on the idea of bringing Sheringham to Merseyside twenty years ago when asked about his biggest transfer regret in an interview with The Liverpool Way.

“I’d say Teddy Sheringham.” he said.

“It was a boardroom decision not to sign him because of his age. They thought at the age of twenty-seven or whatever it was that he was too old.

“Not too old to play, but too old to be a good investment. He went on to play a number of years with Man United and then back to Tottenham and was very successful.

“I spoke to Teddy before that and since then and he wanted to come, it was just a boardroom decision and as a manager you just have to take that.

“It was a fair answer, they just felt it wasn’t right, although they were proved wrong by how Teddy played for United. You just take that on the chin though.”

Evans went on to admit that he kept Stan Collymore at Anfield for too long after the ex-Nottingham Forest striker saw problems off the pitch dog his second season at the club.

“At the end of the day there was disruption in the camp so we felt the right thing was to move him on, but if I had a choice I’d have rather had Stan at his very best than another player instead because he was a great player.” he said.

“Sometimes when you buy a player who isn’t good enough, the mistake isn’t buying them, it’s continuing to play them just because you’ve bought them.

“Sometimes you have to say “enough is enough” and move them on. You learn that part of the game.” he said.

The full interview can be read at the Liverpool Way website.

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