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Ex-Liverpool Scout Reveals Club Almost Signed John Terry, Gerard Pique and Petr Cech

Ex-Liverpool Scout Reveals Club Almost Signed John Terry, Gerard Pique and Petr Cech

A former scout and coach for Liverpool has claimed the Reds came very close to signing Premier League legends John Terry and Petr Cech, as well as Barcelona stalwart Gerard Pique and Diego Forlan.

In an interview with ESPN, Miller has revealed how he tried to tempt Terry to Anfield back in 2003 by slyly asking for his autograph after a match, just before Roman Abramovich arrived at Stamford Bridge with his blank chequebook.

Cech, Forlan and Pique were also on Miller’s radar too during his nine years at the club, although none of them would end up turning out for the Reds during their glittering careers.

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Speaking to reporter Glenn Price, Miller recalled: “I tried to get John Terry to come. It was 2003 when Chelsea beat Liverpool for the last place in the Champions League.

“It went to the final day and they beat us at Stamford Bridge. After the game I went to speak to John Terry to try and get him. How I did it was, I went up to him in the corridor and asked him for his autograph.

“He said, ‘yes’. As he was signing it I said ‘Could you put your mobile phone number? Gerard Houllier would like to talk to you.’ He put his agent’s number and said to talk to him.

“Gerard Houllier spoke to his agent on the bus. I think he just used us to get more money out of Chelsea.

“I also had Petr Cech, but at that moment in time we were trying to sign Chris Kirkland.

“I went to a game to watch Milan Baros and Petr Cech was making his debut. I then went to Argentina, I think it was in 2001, the Under-20 World Cup. You could have got him for a song.

“He was with Chmel Blsany and then he moved to Sparta Prague and then he moved to France [to Rennes].”

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Miller reveals Pique had already agreed to join Manchester United when Miller approached him, but on Forlan, he added: “I turned him down before United even got to him.

“At the final hour when United were going to sign him, Gerard Houllier asked me whether I was sure.

“I was positive he would be more suited to Spain or Italy.”

Quite a few tales Miller has, eh?

Can you imagine John Terry and Jamie Carragher as a permanent defensive partnership in club football? We’re willing to bet that Liverpool would’ve almost certainly ended their long wait for the Premier League title some time ago.

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