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GC Posted On: Jun 27, 2017

Former Liverpool CEO Rick Parry has claimed the club almost signed Dani Alves in 2006.

The Brazil full-back, who looks set to join Manchester City from Juventus this summer, was a target for the Reds under Rafael Benitez.

He told BBC Radio Merseyside: “We had the deal — finally, after enormous complications — tied up for Dani Alves and then the decision was should we buy two players or should we spend all of that on a full-back?

“Dani Alves was not the player then that he is now, but he always looked like he would be a great player.

“Would he have been a better signing than [Jermaine] Pennant and [Peter] Crouch, for example? Probably yes, but it’s easy with hindsight.”

Parry explained that because Liverpool did not have the same clout as a club like Chelsea in the transfer market they had been “trying to be smarter.”

He added: “Looking back, if I could do anything different, it would be to focus on buying one [player] at a time rather than having to buy five or six every season.”

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