It has been revealed that 28-year-old Rennes attacker, Ola Toivonen missed out on a deal that could have taken him to Liverpool in 2010. During Roy Hodgsons’ time as the manager of Liverpool, the Swedish forward was heavily linked to Anfield when Kenny Dalglish, an ‘Ambassador of LFC at that time, scouted him on behalf of the then manager, Hodgson. Then, the player was the big thing at Dutch side PSV Eindhoven and now, at Rennes, the giant player has come out to confirm the speculation and revealed how the deal collapsed.
At that time, various media reports claim that Liverpool indeed were considering the prospect of bringing the player to England, that summer. The Telegraph said: ‘‘Liverpool are closing in on a deal to sign Ola Toivonen. PSV are holding out for £13m, with Liverpool currently only prepared to pay £10m.’’ At another time The Mirror stated that: ‘‘Liverpool are exploring the prospect of landing Swedish star Ola Toivonen on loan until the end of the season.’’ All these speculations would have seemed some fabrications of the media when the reports were filtering in back then, as the gimmick by agents and players’ managers, who are out to improve the lots of their players and by extension, themselves is very possible. As much as speculations, gossips and rumours are leads into happenings especially during transfer summers and winters, they could also serve the purpose of being a means to an end. When football players are linked to clubs, they not only make the fans fancy the prospect of having the players but they sometimes are ‘smokescreens’, attention seeking and figments of writers imaginations. Based on that it hard to know the true situations concerning any player linked other than just been stuck on media spaces to keep acting scripts of what clubs, agents and journalists want us to believe. But the player himself has come out to confirm the interest for Liverpool. When asked about Liverpool’s past interest, Toivonen told Sky Sports that: ‘‘The only thing I regret from my PSV time is that I did not fight enough to get the club to let me join Liverpool. They made two offers whilst Roy Hodgson was the coach.’’
Now, the confirmation of Liverpool’s bid for the player has emerged from the Swedish player himself. For many Liverpool fans, it would translate to a loss as instead of the prolific Swede, Hodgson signed a misfiring Andy Carroll, for £35m, when Toivonen was available for less than half Carroll’s fee. Many supporters would also agree that the Rennes attacker would have made more impact on the Liverpool side than Carroll as his record at PSV and now Rennes show that he is a good goal poacher. For PSV, he grabbed 110 goals and assists in 199 appearances for the Dutch side and has scored 10 times in 20 appearances for the French Ligue 1 side, Rennes. Currently in the £15m valuation, Toivonen would perform better than so many players especially English, valued three times over the Swede’s valuation.
As the past cannot be undone, this would only leave the average Liverpool fan biting the dust, however, more important attitude is to focus on the present and the future!