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Ex-Liverpool scout Miller: How I tried to sign Chelsea legends Terry and Cech...

Former Liverpool chief scout Alex Miller has spoken of how he tried to sign Chelsea legends John Terry and Petr Cech for the Reds.

The Scot revealed the innovative method he implemented to approach Terry, now of Aston Villa, in 2003, although the centre-back would snub interest and remain at Stamford Bridge for the following 14 years.

"I tried to get John Terry to come," the Scot told ESPN. "It was 2003 when Chelsea beat Liverpool for the last place in the Champions League.

"It went to the final day and they beat us at Stamford Bridge. After the game I went to speak to John Terry to try and get him. How I did it was, I went up to him in the corridor and asked him for his autograph. He said yes. As he was signing it I said: 'Could you put your mobile phone number? Gerard Houllier would like to talk to you'.

"He put his agent's number and said to talk to him. Gerard Houllier spoke to his agent on the bus. I think he just used us to get more money out of Chelsea.

"I also had Petr Cech, but at that moment in time we were trying to sign Chris Kirkland. I went to a game to watch Milan Baros and Petr Cech was making his debut.

"I then went to Argentina, I think it was in 2001, the Under-20 World Cup. You could have got him for a song. He was with Chmel Blsany and then he moved to Sparta Prague and then he moved to France."

Cech is now with Arsenal.

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