Media Watch: Blues linked with young centre-back, Van Ginkel ready for return and Thompson reveals Terry’s close Liverpool transfer

Speaking on Paddy Power’s From The Horse’s Mouth podcast, Thompson revealed how Gerard Houllier tried to sign the former England international and has outlined how he remembers the conversation going with our former captain. 

‘One of the strangest transfers that nearly happened was John Terry coming to Liverpool,’ Thompson claimed on the podcast. ‘In the final game of the 2002/03 season, it was like a play-off game to get in the Champions League when we played Chelsea away.’

According to the former Liverpool assistant coach, himself and Reds manager at the time Houllier believed the centre-back was not being offered a new contract at Stamford Bridge.

‘As the Chelsea players were walking around the pitch for the tradition lap of honour, Houllier went to shake Terry’s hand and asked him, “how would you like to play for Liverpool?”

‘After, we sent one of our coaches into the players’ lounge to ask for his agent’s phone number.

‘A couple of weeks later, Abramovich took over, and his first dealings were signing Terry and Lampard to big contracts – so we were that far away from getting him.’

The deal never happened and Roman Abramovich took over that summer. The former centre-back went on to become Chelsea’s most decorated player of all-time winning five Premier League titles, five FA Cups, three League Cups and the Champions League.