It can not be underestimated just how good Steven Gerrard is; The Liverpool and England captain has been one of the worlds greatest players and will go down as a legend of the game, but his non-sale scuppered the Reds.
Liverpool, for much of Rafael Benitez's reign as manager, were the nearly men. Every season they looked that one or two decent players short of the title, they could never quite get that extra man in.
The 2008/09 season proved that point perfectly. They finished second, just four points behind Manchester United. They had an amazing core that season. The Reds' midfield trio of Xabi Alonso, Javier Mascherano and Gerrard - who was the leader - were the best in the division and they were sandwiched between Jamie Carragher and Fernando Torres.
But is the rest of the outfield players that struggled, the wingers were never up to standard and it constantly held back the Anfield outfit, their play became too predictable.
Not for one second am I suggesting that Gerrard never pulled his weight or wasn't good enough, quite the opposite, but just imagine how much money they would've got for him.
It nearly happened on more than one occasion by all accounts. Chelsea and Real Madrid were big fans of the Merseyside-born midfielder between for years, and from about every summer 2004 onwards there was transfer speculation.
The closest was arguably in 2005 when it looked nailed on that he would join Jose Mourinho at Chelsea for £32 mil. After Gerrard helped his boyhood club to the Champions League success.
Imagine what Liverpool and Rafael Benitez could have done with that money with some more added on the top.
Such was the quality of Gerrard that even someone half as good as him in the middle along along with two quality wingers would have been the trick. You could have got that for £30 million. Rafael van der Vaart was sold to Hamburg that year for around £4mill. As European Champions in the Premier League, not a lot of players would have turned down a move.
It might not have happened straight away, but a couple of good young players bought in 2005 would have been in their prime come that oh so close 2008/09 campaign.
But as it turned out, the likes of; Jermaine Pennant, Albert Riera, Mark Gonzalez and many more couldn't turn Liverpool into title winners.
It was too much of a burden on Gerrard, there was too much weight on his shoulders, him leaving could have meant Benitez had more players to share that burden.
I appreciate that a lot of Liverpool fans will disagree but it's just my opinion, The Anfield outfit were too much of an one man team; the injection of cash would have made them a better team and they might not still be searching for that elusive title right now.
It makes you wonder what could have been eh?...
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