Former Liverpool midfielder Jamie Redknapp has revealed how West Ham midfielder Thomas Hitzlsperger could have joined the Reds.
The German international was on trial at Anfield whilst still a teenager, and the Sky Sports pundit revealed how the player left his mark on the Liverpool players, and particularly himself.
"I remember Thomas Hitzlsperger from a mark he left on the top of my right foot during a routine Liverpool training session one afternoon," Redknapp told the Daily Mail.
"He was a young teenager on trial, eager to please, and he had made an impact initially because he kept the ball - a useful skill for a midfielder. He had been invited to join the first team and I remember his close control, his neat passing and, of course, his screamer of a shot with his left foot."
Instead of joining Liverpool, the 28-year-old joined Aston Villa from the Bayern Munich youth side, and has gone on to have an impressive career to date with the aforementioned abilities.
"They are qualities that have since earned him 52 caps for Germany, the armband of the national team and the nickname 'Der Hammer'," Redknapp concluded.
Hitzlsperger will come up against Liverpool this weekend, when the Hammers host Kenny Dalglish's Reds in a crucial Barclays Premier League clash at Upton Park.