Liverpool nearly signed Arjen Robben

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Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher has revealed how Brendan Rodgers tried to bring Arjen Robben to Anfield last year.

Speaking to the Daily Mail, Carragher admitted that Robben was a transfer target for the Liverpool boss in 2013, when Robben was not a guaranteed starter in the Bayern Munich midfield.

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In the 2012/2013 season Robben made 20 Bundesliga starts for the German giants, but after his stunning performances in the latter stages of the Champions Leageu, he became a fixture in the side.

"Brendan Rodgers tried to sign him for Liverpool before the 2013 Champions League final," Carragher told the Daily Mail.

"He wasn't a regular for Bayern then but he scored the winner at Wembley against Borussia Dortmund and has since gone from strength to strength. Liverpool have not had a world-class wide man since John Barnes."

Robben at the World Cup

Robben's sparkling performances for Pep Guardiola's side last term have continued into the World Cup with the Netherlands - so much so that reports have linked new Manchester United boss, and current Dutch national team manager, Louis Van Gaal with a bid to bring him to Old Trafford.

United have history with Robben as Sir Alex Ferguson missed out on the chance to sign him when the Dutchman was at PSV. United offered £5m but were turned down with Robben eventually joining Chelsea for £12m.

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Since then he's played for Real Madrid and now Bayern Munich, with United again reportedly interested. He's been a star for the Dutch in Brazil, although courted controversy with his alleged dive to win a penalty against Mexico in the last 16.

Although the Mexican defender stood on his foot, Robben went down theatrically and after the match admitted that he had dived earlier in the game.

Liverpool's transfer plans

Liverpool completed another transfer today, signing Adam Lallana from Southampton for a fee believed to be in the region of £25m. Lallana joins another former Saint, Rickie Lambert, who signed for the Anfield club before the World Cup.

Rodgers has also agreed a deal in principle to sign Emre Can, a central midfielder, from Bayer Leverkusen.

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