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'I loved a night out but we were no worse than United' - Liverpool 'spice boy' suffered injury heartbreak but earned huge Steven Gerrard compliment

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

“My dad says they were dancing with their wives when Kenny came up and said: ‘Listen, I really want to sign your boy’.

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.

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.

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

Redknapp junior explained in an in-depth interview with the Athletic the role his father played in his move to Merseyside, which saw him become one of Dalglish’s final signings of his first spell as Reds boss before his shock resignation just a month later.

READ MORE: Jurgen Klopp remains confident over new Mohamed Salah contract negotiations READ MORE: 'If they believe' - Pep Guardiola responds to Virgil van Dijk and Thomas Tuchel 'lucky' Man City claim The Londoner accepts the trappings of the lifestyle he and his peers embraced during that period in the 90s when football was repackaging itself as entertainment - the ‘lad culture’ TV and magazine appearances, the pop star girlfriend, those white suits at Wembley and the ‘Spice Boys’ tag - led to a certain perception which will probably prove impossible to ever truly shake off.
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