Jermain Defoe is on a hot streak in the Premier League at the moment, following his hat-trick against Swansea last week.
The former England international has scored five goals in his last six matches in all competitions for relegation-threatened Sunderland.
But his career could’ve gone down a very different path, according to Liverpool icon Jamie Carragher.
The Champions League winner has revealed that his former club have tried to sign Defoe, now 33, on several occasions over the past decade, with several managers contemplating a transfer.
In the end, neither Kenny Dalglish, Roy Hodgson or Rafa Benitez went through with a deal for the former West Ham and Spurs man, as Carragher revealed in his weekly column for the Daily Mail.
He writes: “When Kenny Dalglish was Liverpool manager, he gave consideration to signing Defoe in the January window of 2012, as he knew there would be a guarantee of goals but, with Luis Suarez, Dirk Kuyt and Andy Carroll still at the club, he left things alone.
“Rafa Benitez also considered him in 2006 but chose Craig Bellamy instead.”
Regardless of missing out on a move to Anfield and one of Europe’s biggest clubs, Defoe has enjoyed a stellar career in England’s top-flight, scoring 137 goals to date.
Defoe will have an opportunity to make the Reds regret not coughing up for him when the two sides meet on February 6 in Merseyside.
It should be an interesting watch.