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Liverpool ‘in approach to sign £32m Chelsea star’, club legend reveals

Reds in ambitious swoop for Blues first-teamer.

Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard has revealed the club’s approach to sign Brazilian winger Willian before he moved to Chelsea, and that he texted the player himself about the deal.

Willian was in demand while at Russian side Anzhi Makhachkala, and notably came close to completing a move to Tottenham before Chelsea hijacked the transfer.

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It has now emerged that Liverpool were in for him at the time as well, but according to the Daily Express, Gerrard failed to lure him to Anfield.

Gerrard wrote in his autobiography: “I stressed how much I admired him (Willian) as a player and then, having mentioned that I knew Liverpool were speaking to his agent.”

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