Liverpool could have signed Dani Alves two years before Barcelona and for half the price, the player has revealed.
The 34-year-old was playing for Sevilla at the time and was wanted by Anfield manager Rafa Benitez.
Asked how close he came to signing for Liverpool in 2006, Alves said it appeared to be a done deal.
“Mate, I pretty much had an agreement with Liverpool,” he told the current issue of Four Four Two.
“But for whatever reason it didn’t happen at the last moment and I really don’t know why, as I wasn’t the one conducting the negotiations.
“I had other people representing me back then.
“Something similar happened later in my career with Chelsea and Real Madrid.
“Of course, it all worked out happily for the Cules [Barcelona fans] in the end, and also for me as I was able to write an amazing story at the Camp Nou instead.”
At the time, Liverpool had Jan Kromkamp as their right-back, so Alves would certainly have been an upgrade, but the clubs could not agree a fee.
The Guardian reported the Reds were not keen to go above £9m to meet the £12m reportedly being sought by the Spanish side, so he stayed put and that summer Liverpool signed Jermaine Pennant, Fabio Aurelio and Dirk Kuyt among others, and added right-back Alvaro Arbeloa in January 2007.
Alves, meanwhile, ended up joining Barcelona in 2008 for £23.5m and played in a very successful Pep Guardiola side.
He won six titles and three Champions Leagues before leaving for Juventus in 2014. In the summer he had the option of linking up with Guardiola again, but opted for Paris Saint-Germain over Man City.
“I still have this ambition [to play in England], yes,” he added. “But I don’t know if it will happen now.
“I think there are plenty of things to do here first with PSG.”