Aguero could have signed for Liverpool.

Rafa Benitez had the chance to sign Sergio Aguero whilst Liverpool manager

Published 10 Comments

Liverpool have had a number of world-class strikers in the past but it seems as though they could have had yet another.

Rafa Benitez and Sergio Aguero will be on opposite sides tonight when Newcastle clash with Manchester City at St. James’ Park but the pair came close to working together while Benitez was manager of the Reds.

The Argentine arrived in England in 2011 when City splashed £38 million on the striker but he was close to signing for the Reds ten years ago, before joining Atletico Madrid.


Want to become a GMS writer? Sign up now and submit a 250 word test article:

Article continues below

Benitez had joined the Merseysiders the previous season and led to the club to an incredible Champions League victory when Argentinian club Independiente offered him their star man.

The Spanish boss admitted that he was aware of Aguero’s quality, who was then only 17-years-old, but wasn’t willing to spend £18 million on him - the fee Atleti coughed up.

Article continues below

Benitez recalls

"I was Liverpool manager and they offered him to us as a young player for big, big money. He signed for Atletico Madrid,” Benitez told reporters, per the Daily Mail.

"He was a player that we knew. We were following him. We knew he was a very good player.

"I also have a good relationship with Sergio.

Manchester City v Aston Villa - Premier League

"Hopefully he can score a lot of goals in the Champions League but not against us. To stop him it’s not just about one player, you have to work as a team,” he added.

Regretting Benitez's decision

Liverpool fans must now be wishing their manager had taken a chance on the relatively unknown youngster.

Five years later, he arrived in the Premier League and has scored an incredible 133 goals in 202 appearances for Manchester City.

Instead of taking the chance on Aguero, Benitez spent £7m on Peter Crouch, £11.5m on Ryan Babel and £19m on Robbie Keane during his time at the club - three attacking players that did very little to repay their transfer fee.

UEFA Champions League Group A: Liverpool v Besiktas

Despite winning the Champions League in his debut season and the FA Cup the following year, Benitez was dismissed from Anfield after six seasons.

During the 2008/09 campaign, his Liverpool side achieved a second-place finish, just four points behind title winners Manchester United. Fernando Torres was irresistible in that season but the addition of Aguero would surely have seen Benitez lead his side to glory.

No PFA recognition

Aguero’s three goals against Chelsea last weekend meant he has now scored 21 goals in 26 appearances this season. However, that goalscoring record wasn’t enough to see him named as one of the six nominees for PFA Player of the Year.

In fact, the superstar has never even been named in the PFA Team of the Year - something which is quite extraordinary and his manager, Manuel Pellegrini, believes he deserves more recognition.

Manchester City FC v Paris Saint-Germain - UEFA Champions League Quarter Final: Second Leg

"He is the best striker of this league, he's a very important player, it's strange that in so many years he's played here he's not the best player of the league,” he told Sky Sports.

Do YOU want to write for GiveMeSport? Get started today by signing-up and submitting an article HERE:

Steven Gerrard
Premier League
Manchester City
Sergio Aguero

Article Comments

Report author of article

Please let us know if you believe this article is in violation of our editorial policy, please only report articles for one of the following reasons.

Report author


This article has been written by a member of the GiveMeSport Writing Academy and does not represent the views of or SportsNewMedia. The views and opinions expressed are solely that of the author credited at the top of this article. and SportsNewMedia do not take any responsibility for the content of its contributors.

Want more content like this?

Like our GiveMeSport Facebook Page and you will get this directly to you.

Already Subscribed to Facebook, don't ask me again

Follow GiveMeSport on Twitter and you will get this directly to you.

Already Following, don't ask me again

Like our GiveMeSport Page and you will get this directly to you.

Already Subscribed to G+, don't ask me again