Former Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez has admitted he was interested in purchasing David De Gea, with the keeper eventually ending up at Manchester United this summer.

Benitez was the manager at Anfield for six years, and was part of the making of the club as it is now with stars such as Pepe Reina and Steven Gerrard.

And the former Liverpool manager, who currently doesn’t have a job, insists that the United keeper was high on his list of possible transfers.


"As Liverpool manager I had Pepe Reina - a top class keeper but if you lose Pepe what do you do?” he told Sport magazine.

“So at that time we were really monitoring David de Gea - he is a player I know has the potential to be a great keeper.

“He definitely has the quality to be a very good signing in the long term.”

De Gea signed for United at the end of June for a reported £18 million fee. De Gea joined the club as a long term replacement for the retired Edwin van der Sar.

While the Spaniard has made a few mistakes this season with United, he has shown moments of brilliance that show why Liverpool were interested in him all those years ago.

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