Graeme Souness has revealed that he turned down the chance to take former Manchester United goalkeeper Peter Schmeichel on trial during his time as Liverpool manager, after the great Dane wrote a letter to declare his interest in trying to earn a contract with the Merseyside club.
The retired Red Devils legend's request fell upon deaf ears because the Scot was worried about how his existing custodian Bruce Grobbelaar would react to another rival stopper turning up at the training ground.
The Express published an extract from Souness's book 'Men In White Suits' which details exactly how Schmeichel's application came about, and had he responded differently to the plea then the 51-year-old could now be looking back on a very different career in professional football.
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"Ron Yeats was the chief scout and he came into my office one day and showed me a letter. It read: 'I am a Danish goalkeeper who has been a Liverpool supporter all my life. I am willing to pay for my own travel expenses. Can I come to Melwood for a week's trial?'
"I was trying to edge [first-choice goalkeeper] Bruce [Grobbelaar] out. But it was proving difficult. I thought if another goalkeeper turned up, we were going to have more problems with Bruce. So it never happened."
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Schmeichel's career began back in his homeland with Gladsaxe-Hero in 1981, where he also enjoyed spells with Hvidovre and Brondby before making his way to the Premier League after arriving at Old Trafford in 1991.
He is best remembered for his most successful years under the tutelage of Sir Alex Ferguson, with the highlight coming when Schmeichel captained Manchester United to Champions League success in 1999 to complete a historic treble.
After winning five Premier League titles, three FA Cups and a League Cup during eight years at the Theatre of Dreams, the 6ft 3in stopper embarked on a new challenge in Portugal with Sporting Lisbon.
After two years in the Primeira Liga Schmeichel returned to England for spells with Aston Villa and Manchester City, but the Danish ace never did get the chance to turn out for the club he supported as a boy thanks to Souness's decision not to respond to that letter.
Liverpool fans: Would you have liked to see Peter Schmeichel sign on at Anfield? How do you think the Manchester United legend could've improved the club's fortunes? Have your say below…
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