Luis Suarez was scouted by Tim Sherwood while the Uruguayan was still playing for Ajax, and the recently appointed Tottenham manager has since conceded he was wrong not to push for the recruitment of the free-scoring Liverpool striker.
Former Chelsea manager Ruud Gullit has made the revelation, claiming he had spoken to Sherwood at the time and urged the Spurs boss, who was then working as an assistant to Harry Redknapp, to pursue a move for Suarez.
Spurs, however, decided against a formal approach for Suarez, which allowed Liverpool to sign the player. And Gullit can’t quite fathom why Spurs chose to act against his advice.
“[Spurs] came to watch him,” Gullit said. “I met Sherwood together with Les Ferdinand, they were Harry Redknapp’s assistants at the time and were also his scouts.
“They asked me all kinds of questions about Suarez, so I just point blank said: “You have to snap him up, without any hesitation, in a heartbeat.
‘’Well, we’re not sure,’ they said whilst they actually watched him play.
“That’s a huge mistake, if you ask me. Afterwards they said to me: ‘Well, we might have got it wrong.’”
Liverpool clinched a then club record deal for Suarez in the January transfer window of 2011, with the Reds paying £22.8 million to bring him to Anfield, and the player has flourished since completing his transfer to Merseryside.
Suarez may have initially endured a difficult period with numerous disciplinary issues, but has still managed to find the net 79 times for Liverpool in 126 appearances across all competitions. Of these goals, 28 have been scored in the Premier League this season alone, and Suarez is the favourite to collect the individual accolades this season.
Liverpool also remain in contention to clinch the league title, with the one point behind leaders Chelsea with both clubs having played 31 games. Manchester City are the favourites however, with Manuel Pellegrini’s team three points off the summit and with two fixtures in hand.