Liverpool missed out on the chance to sign Everton defender Seamus Coleman, according to John Aldridge, in his column with SundayWorld.com.
The Republic of Ireland international has been earning rave reviews ever since he made his breakthrough at Goodison Park, after the Reds' Merseyside rivals did take a chance on him, paying Sligo Rovers just £60,000 to bring him to the Premier League.
Aldridge reveals how former Anfield boss Rafa Benitez rejected a recommendation from Liverpool-born Paul Cook - Coleman's manager at the time - adding that it's a decision the club would later regret, given Brendan Rodgers's need for an attacking full-back.
"Every time I see him, I can't help but lament what might have been for Liverpool," he said.
"At a time when my old club are crying out for quality attacking full-backs, we only have to look across Stanley Park to see who could, and should, be doing that job."
Coleman has improved yet again this season, and seems to be relishing playing under new Toffees manager Roberto Martinez, who encourages his full-backs to get forward and join in with attack.
Aldridge has even been tipped to follow in the footsteps of Gareth Bale, who developed from a promising young left-back into one of the world's most coveted forwards, moving to Real Madrid for a world record £86million fee last summer.
He added: "Coleman impressed me from the moment I saw him, as he hit the ground running in his breakthrough season with Everton.
"What a shame Benitez didn't bother to have a look at him, as he might well have come to a similar conclusion."
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