Hearts owner Vladimir Romanov has revealed he could have bought Liverpool for £200 million six years ago.
However, the Lithuanian businessman - who also owns Kaunas - says that, despite giving a formal offer some serious thought, he got cold feet due to the furore a takeover could potentially cause.
"In 2005, my club Kaunas was playing against Liverpool in the Champions League qualifiers," explained Romanov - as quoted by The Scotsman.
"David Moores, who then owned Liverpool, suggested that I bought it for £200 million. The price was realistic, a serious piece of real estate, star players. Just to mention [Steven] Gerrard."
"I got scared. By that time I had been beaten black and blue over Hearts in Scotland where they pictured me as an idiot. And I thought that if I got hold of Liverpool they would definitely drive me to an early grave."
Moores eventually sold Liverpool to American duo George Gillett and Tom Hicks for £218.9 million in 2007. However, their controversial reign was ended in 2010 after RBS intervened to force of the sale to club - with New England Sports Ventures eventually acquiring Liverpool in October of last year.