Liverpool tried to sign Gabriel Batistuta
Former Liverpool manager Roy Evans has revealed he tried to bring legendary Argentinian striker Gabriel Batistuta to the club.
Evans had hoped to pair ‘Batigol’ with Reds legend Robbie Fowler in the mid-1990s, but the deal never materialised.
As it happened, Batistuta remained in Italy with Fiorentina, for whom he scored 168 goals in 269 games, before moving on to Serie A rivals Roma.
Evans told the club’s official website: “There were talks of him moving from Italy to somewhere else.
“We had an interest; there were some conversations between Liverpool and his club. He was interested, but unfortunately it just didn’t happen.
“It was one of those things where you make an enquiry and it just didn’t go any further than that. I’m sure he would have been a great acquisition for us if we had got him.”
And Evans had also hoped to sign Teddy Sheringham before the England international joined Manchester United.
Asked what sort of impact the arrival of Batistuta might have had on his young team, Evans said: “We’ll never know. When you’re the manager you always want other players because you’re worried about loss of form and injuries.
“You’re always looking to enhance your squad. Maybe it would have done, maybe it wouldn’t. We also went in for the likes of Teddy Sheringham at that time.
“Teddy was very interested in coming; he was 29 or 30 at the time. But the club had a policy of not buying older players. As it happened, he went to Manchester United and played for six or seven years there with great success.”