Liverpool came tantalizingly close to securing the services of Tottenham’s Son Heung-min in 2022, according to a new report.
The Reds were linked with a move for the South Korean forward last summer, with Sadio Mane making the switch to Bayern Munich, but fresh insights now shed light on how close this deal was to becoming a reality.
According to The Telegraph, Liverpool were actively “sniffing around” Son, looking to capitalise on the uncertainty surrounding the forward’s future at Tottenham. The Reds were well aware that Son was considering an exit if Spurs failed to secure a Champions League spot for the 2022/23 season.
The situation intensified as Liverpool, fresh off an impressive run in the 2021/22 season, aimed to find a suitable replacement for Mane, who was destined for the Bundesliga champions. Son emerged as a viable option, despite the rarity of such a high-profile transfer within the Premier League.
Ultimately Spurs managed to clinch the coveted fourth place, securing their spot in the Champions League and ensuring Son’s commitment to the club where he has been a key player since 2015.
Had Spurs fallen short of the top four, Liverpool might have made a concrete approach, and Son could have found himself donning the iconic red jersey at Anfield for the 2023/24 campaign.
Subsequent signings of Darwin Nunez from Benfica and Cody Gakpo from PSV have bolstered Jurgen Klopp’s offensive arsenal. The trio of Luis Diaz, Diogo Jota, and Mohamed Salah continues to deliver goals, leaving Liverpool in a formidable position.
As Son thrives in his new leading role at Tottenham following the departure of Harry Kane, one can’t help but wonder what might have been had Spurs failed to secure Champions League qualification in 2022. Nevertheless, Liverpool’s front line remains potent, with no shortage of goal-scoring prowess.