Veteran Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher has revealed that the club were chasing the signature of German international hitman Mario Gomez during the reign of Roy Hodgson.

The England manager turned to Liverpool’s big-man striker on Friday night at Euro 2012, when Andy Carroll opened the scoring with a bullet header in the 3-2 win over Sweden.

But, whilst in charge of the Reds, it was the Bayern Munich forward who appealed most to the former West Brom boss, who fell short in his efforts to bring the former Stuttgart player to the Premier League.

“Gómez and Carroll may have had contrasting fortunes in domestic football over the last few seasons, but their similarities can be underlined by the fact Liverpool almost signed the Bayern Munich striker before we moved for Carroll,” Carragher wrote in his Daily Telegraph column.

“The move for Gómez fell through at the last minute - when Hodgson was Liverpool manager - and since then Gómez has not stopped scoring.”

Carroll moved to Anfield on deadline day at the end of the January transfer window in 2011, and has since scored 11 goals in 56 games for club and country.

In comparison, Gomez notched 55 goals in 65 appearances during the same time period, and has three goals at Euro 2012 this summer to sit joint-top of the standings for the Golden Boot in Poland and Ukraine.

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