Former Liverpool manager eyed Reds midfielder deal

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Rafa Benitez has revealed he wanted to sign Dirk Kuyt when he was managing Inter Milan, with the 51-year-old chasing a host of stars for the Serie A side.

Manchester United left-back Patrice Evra was also targeted by the manager, along with Alexis Sanchez and Javier Mascherano.

"It's true that I asked to reinforce with Mascherano, Kuyt, Evra and Jovetic, and Alexis Sanchez in January, when he still cost half of what Barcelona paid for him," he said.


"They have purchased players, which shows it was needed.

"The problem is they had to do it before - buy and rejuvenate. If they did with me we would have won again."

While Liverpool may not have been willing to listen to Benitez over a possible deal for Kuyt, Inter Milan could have offered the money to make the Reds interested at least.

And the former Liverpool manager himself would certainly know a bit about Kuyt’s style of play and ability, with the two working together at Anfield for four years.

Benitez is currently out of a job, after lasting just six months at Inter Milan. And while there is no mention of a possible return to Liverpool, he says he would consider going back to Italy.

"With the fans I've always had a great relationship, they always gave me support,” he said.

"Yes, maybe I would return. Certainly we'd need to clear up a few issues, but I don't have problems with anyone.

"For me it was a great experience: I won two trophies in six months, one of which was one that president (Massimo) Moratti and the fans had been waiting for for many years, the Intercontinental Cup."

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