Charlie Adam might not have made his dream move to Liverpool last week, if Gary McAllister managed to have his way.
During his ultimately brief tenure at Aston Villa, McAllister had identified Adam as a player that boss Gerard Houllier should consider bringing to Villa Park.
Houllier heeded the advice of his No.2, with McAllister claiming an enquiry was made for the 25-year-old midfielder, prior to Alex McLeish taking over at Villa.
Adam could well now be a Villains player, had Houllier and McAllister - a former Liverpool favourite - stayed in their jobs, but the latter is now pleased to see the Scotland international at Anfield.
“At Aston Villa we tried to get Charlie because we identified him as someone who would offer us something we didn’t have and someone who’s a good age but could develop further,” McAllister told LFC Weekly.
“We viewed him as a playmaker and a set-piece taker. He is someone you could hang your hat on – a general in midfield.
“Charlie’s set-plays are as good as any. He’s a passer of the ball too – someone who will vary the distance between long and short range.
"Liverpool have maybe lacked that variation over the last few seasons from deeper areas so I am certain the fans will appreciate him straight away.
"You only have to see the immediate impact he had on Blackpool after leaving Rangers to see that he’s one that adapts to new surroundings quickly.”
McAllister himself was a dab hand at set-pieces - famously scoring a 44-yard free-kick to beat Everton in 2001 - and believes Adam will have a significant impact at Liverpool, thanks to his application and natural ability.
“Every time I saw him play for Blackpool last season, he was one of, if not the, most influential players in their team as well as on the pitch," added the Scot.
"He constantly demanded possession against much higher profile players but wouldn’t be afraid to show off his ability.
"That shows me he has tremendous belief. He was Blackpool’s captain, playmaker, free-kick taker, corner taker and penalty taker. He was their most important player.”