Harry Redknapp has admitted that he considered buying four of Liverpool’s players over the last few seasons, with the Tottenham man revealing he felt frustrated at not being able to land any of them.
“I like [Stewart] Downing. I tried to get him and Ashley Young," Redknapp said.
“We thought about Andy Carroll. We looked at him, but we weren’t into spending £35 million on one player. It was a bit beyond us. We did look at him.
"We looked at [Luis] Suarez, to be fair. That was a player who we probably should have taken, looking back on it. We just weren’t sure. The fee was £30-odd million, and that’s a lot of money.
"Those are the players who we tried to get. We were in for them at different times over the last few years. We didn’t quite push the boat out, but they are good players.
"We were really looking for a target-man but I have seen him [Suarez] play up on his own and he can do that and he can play off [another striker] too.
“We just thought he played a bit like Van der Vaart, but he can play anywhere. He is fantastic. He is top class. Uruguayans are tough boys, aren’t they? He can do anything, so he is a good player.”
Liverpool purchased Suarez in the January transfer window, along with Andy Carroll, with the Anfield club spending around £50 million on the pair.
And in the summer, Liverpool were also able to land Stewart Downing, but Manchester United stole the march on their rivals to sign Ashley Young.
Redknapp believes that Liverpool making £50 million on Fernando Torres’ exit was enough for them to outbid Redknapp’s wanted trio this season.
“That gave them something to work with,” Redknapp said. “They have got wealthy owners and they want to be back where they were - a top four team.
“Liverpool is one of the greatest football clubs in the world and they don’t want to be out of the Champions League. They want to be back in there. They have invested trying to do that.
"It will be them, us and Arsenal scrapping it out for the Champions League this year.”