How Liverpool tried to impress Jan Oblak back in 2009

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With the arrival of Virgil van Dijk, Liverpool fans think they have finally fixed their leaky defence.

But just when it looked as though Van Dijk would sort out their problem area, another long-standing problem arose during their 4-3 victory against Manchester City.

That’s because Loris Karius was selected ahead of Simon Mignolet and made an error to allow Leroy Sane to equalise in the first-half.

With Liverpool’s attack looking as impressive as ever despite Philippe Coutinho’s £142 million move to Barcelona, fans were suddenly asking why they don’t spend the fee they’ve just received on a goalkeeper.

And one of those goalkeepers that they’ve been linked with is Atletico Madrid’s Jan Oblak.


The Slovenian has a €100 million release clause and is regarded as one of the best goalkeepers in world football.

But Liverpool knew his potential a long time ago - nine years to be exact.

That because it’s emerged that they tried signing him when he was just 16-years-old at Olimpija Ljubljana in his native Slovenia.

In fact, they tried impressing the youngster by inviting him to watch them against Arsenal at Anfield. Unfortunately, the Reds lost the match 2-1 and Oblak subsequently signed Benfica.

Liverpool v Arsenal - Premier League


When discussing the invitation back in 2010, Olimpija's director of football Simon Seslar said: "Yes, we have numerous offers for Jan.

"There are clubs that are prepared to enter concrete talks with us. If we are satisfied and the player is satisfied as well, we can strike a deal. 

"Some people have invited us to Anfield, where we watched the game, Liverpool versus Arsenal. But that's it. We flew home the following day."

Liverpool v Arsenal - Premier League

The match Oblak attending was played in December 2009 and Andrey Arshavin came back to haunt yet again with the winner after Dirk Kuyt’s opener was cancelled out by Glen Johnson’s own goal.

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