Liverpool almost signed Mario Gómez, says Jamie Carragher
Jamie Carragher reveals Liverpool came close to signing Germany's Mario Gómez when Roy Hodgson was in charge
Jamie Carragher has revealed that Liverpool almost signed Germany’s Mario Gómez when Roy Hodgson was in charge at Anfield.
The 26-year-old striker has scored three goals for Joachim Low’s side at Euro 2012 on their way to the quarter-finals following Sunday’s 2-1 win over Denmark.
Gómez is fresh from an impressive campaign in Germany after the Bayern Munich striker scored 41 goals in 51 appearances.
And Carragher says the Reds were close to signing Gómez under Hodgson in 2010, before the current England manager was replaced by Kenny Dalglish and Liverpool signed Andy Carroll from Newcastle United in a record £35m deal.
But despite Gómez’s prolific form for club and country, the Liverpool defender believes Carroll has already shown a drastic improvement following a difficult start to his career on Merseyside.
“Gómez and Carroll may have had contrasting fortunes in domestic football over the last few seasons, but their similarities can be underlined by the fact Liverpool almost signed the Bayern Munich striker before we moved for Carroll,” Carragher told the Telegraph.
“The move for Gómez fell through at the last minute – when Hodgson was Liverpool manager – and since then Gómez has not stopped scoring.
“Carroll, at the end of last season for Liverpool and now for his country, is proving he has the potential to stand in such esteemed company and there is far more to utilising him than simply hitting it high and long.”
The 34-year-old defender admits Liverpool signed Carroll in the hope the former Magpies striker could become the ‘English Didier Drogba’ – the Chelsea forward announced his departure from the Stamford Bridge outfit in May after scoring 157 goals in 341 appearances for the Blues.
“The prototype modern target man is Didier Drogba,” added Carragher.
“When we signed Andy, the hope was he would become an English version – a battering ram at both ends of the field but with touch and technique to score goals.
“He endured a difficult start to his Liverpool career but on the basis of recent performances, that aspiration is carrying greater weight.
“Not only did Drogba excel at Stamford Bridge with his goals, but as a defensive weapon. He was one of Chelsea’s best defenders against Barcelona and Bayern Munich in the Champions League.
“Andy did exactly the same role for England on Friday and it is also an essential responsibility he has at Liverpool.”