In a recent interview with The Athletic former Italian international Fabrizio Ravanelli discussed how close he came to a move to Liverpool after leaving Middlesborough.
Ravanelli who scored a famous hat trick on his debut for Middlesborough against Liverpool on the opening day of the 1996-97 season was answering fans questions when a rumoured move to Liverpool came up
I was very close to joining Liverpool and Tottenham. I tried for one month over the possibility with my agent to sign for Manchester United but it did not happen. But Liverpool was a real opportunity. The Liverpool manager Roy Evans called me when I was on holiday in the summer and said he wanted me to join the club. I said, “OK, no problem.”
After, I have no idea why, it did not happen. Liverpool, at that moment, I think it would have been a great move for me.Via https://theathletic.com/
The white feather would instead move to Marseille where he would score 28 goals in 64 games but the interest from Liverpool would remain and the Reds would make another attempt to sign the Italian when Gerard Houllier tried to bring him on loan while Ravanelli was at Lazio.
However at 31 the Italian was more interested in a permanent move while Houllier could only offer a loan move with a view to making it permanent if it worked out.