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Steven Gerrard inspiration was a Kenny Dalglish parting gift who suffered Liverpool heartbreak

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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.

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

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

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.

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.

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 following summer Gerard gave me the captaincy.
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