FC Twente midfielder Renato Tapia has revealed that Liverpool previously turned down the chance to sign him, citing his small frame and lack of physical presence as the reason why he would not make the grade at Anfield.
The 19-year-old ended up joining the Eredivisie outfit in the summer of 2013, and after progressing through the youth ranks in Enschede made his senior debut for Alfred Schreuder's side at the start of this season.
Tapia has made a total of 15 appearances for Twente in Holland's top-flight in 2014/15, and is now attracting admiring glances from a host of rival suitors after impressing in De Grolsch Veste first-team.
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The Peru international is being tipped for a bright future in the game, which makes Liverpool's oversight after taking Tapia on trial when he was 16 look even more foolish.
Had Brendan Rodgers been in charge of the Merseyside club at the time then perhaps it would've been a different story, with the current Reds boss focusing more on the technical ability of emerging young players.
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The Northern Irishman has a tendency to give prospective future talents more time to adapt to the physical nature of the Premier League - a division that Tapia still has aspirations of playing in at some point in the future.
"When I was sixteen I took my test at Liverpool," he recalled in an interview with Dutch publication SoccerNews. "Unfortunately, I was told that I was too low a weight according to my height, after the medical examination.
"I will not stop until I can go back to the Premier League," - Renato Tapia
"But I will not stop until I can go back to the Premier League."
Liverpool could conceivably renew their interest in Tapia when the transfer window reopens in the summer, although the wealth of attacking midfield options currently on the books at Anfield means Rodgers isn't exactly in desperate need of a player in the FC Twente star's ilk.
Defensive reinforcements are much more likely to be top of the club's list of transfer priorities at the end of the season, with another striker also potentially under consideration given the struggles of Mario Balotelli and Rickie Lambert this term.
The fact that Liverpool would have to pay for the services of someone they could've secured for nothing just a couple of years ago might also work against Tapia in his desire to prove the Premier League giants were wrong to reject him in the first place.
Liverpool fans: Do you think the club made a mistake turning their nose up at Renato Tapia or were Reds coaches right to allow him to go away and flourish in another country? Share your thoughts below…
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