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'How much are you costing?!' - From 'terrifying' first Liverpool training session to ultimate Steven Gerrard compliment

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“My first day at Liverpool was terrifying,” he admitted.

I went up there for a few weeks initially to experience it and really enjoyed it.

The above quote is actually from none other than Steven Gerrard’s first autobiography and makes abundantly clear the respect and esteem the man regarded as arguably Liverpool’s greatest ever midfielder has for one of his predecessors who history has not remembered as kindly.

A career in football was inevitable but even Jamie and Harry’s wildest dreams probably could not have imagined the youngster getting the chance to further his education in the game at the country’s pre-eminent club under a legend of the game like Kenny Dalglish after Liverpool paid a then-record fee of £350,000 (rising to £500,000) for a 17-year-old in January 1991.

“A lot of other clubs were interested but I only wanted to go and play for Liverpool.

But scratch beneath the surface and it becomes clear there is much more to Redknapp’s story than meets the eye which makes it impossible not to wonder how different things might have been for both him and Liverpool had the stars aligned in a more fortuitous way.

The seeds were sown on the dance floor at a League Managers’ Association annual dinner the previous year but Jamie cast some doubt as to who initially approached who.
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