With Steven Gerrard‘s autobiography set to be released in a few weeks’ time, there have been plenty of revealing snippets in preparation until we can read all.
According to Gerrard, Brendan Rodgers was ‘ridiculously optimistic’ in 2014 and asked his then club captain for a transfer favour: to send Kroos a personal text message in an effort to lure him to Anfield.
“I had an unofficial role at the club, trying to persuade some great players to join Liverpool,” the 35-year-old revealed in his new book, ‘My Story’, as quoted by the Daily Express.
“Our target in 2014 was ridiculously optimistic. Brendan asked me to take a crack at trying to talk Toni Kroos into signing for Liverpool.
“He smiled when I said we’d be pissing into the wind with this one. I knew Real Madrid were gearing up to make Bayern Munich an offer, so I felt a bit awkward when I texted Kroos.
“The German was on his way to winning the World Cup with his country and Real were the champions of Europe. But God loves a trier, and so I gave it a whirl.”
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As Gerrard expected, his efforts were unsuccessful; with the Germany international sealing a £20m move to the Santiago Bernabeu in the same summer he lifted the World Cup.