Liverpool offer came too late, says Del Piero

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Juventus legend Alessandro del Piero concedes Liverpool acted too late when they registered their interest in his services in the summer of 2012, although the fact he had already agreed to join Sydney FC meant he was able to avoid the question of Heysel.

The 39-year-old moved to the A-League following the expiration of his contract with Juventus and, so far, has found the net 19 times in 34 appearances during his time in Sydney. There was the chance, however, to join Liverpool.

Del Piero's availability on a free transfer led to links with numerous clubs across the globe, of which Liverpool were one of the most prominent. And, says the World Cup winner, the chance to move to Anfield was genuine.

Brendan Rodgers, however, moved too late to capture the signature of Del Piero with the Italian icon already having confirmed to Sydney that he would play for them.

Were Del Piero to have moved to Liverpool it would have raised the inevitable question about the Heysel disaster but, given the repaired allegiance between the Reds and Juventus, he does not believe the proposed move would have presented an issue.

"Liverpool? That's a delicate question," he told FourFourTwo. "When Liverpool's offer arrived I'd already said yes to Sydney, so it didn't seem right.

"So there was no need to really think about [the Heysel question]. But what happened at Heysel was terrible. My only hope is that never happens again to either Italian or English fans."

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