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Liverpool legend Aldridge: Benitez let Everton star Coleman slip through

Liverpool legend John Aldridge has revealed Rafa Benitez missed out on the chance to sign Everton ace Seamus Coleman for the Reds.

Aldridge wrote in the Sunday World: "If Rafael Benitez had been a little more open-minded during his final year as Liverpool manager, Seamus Coleman could be wearing a red shirt at Anfield last night and not a blue Everton jersey."

Aldridge has previously worked with then-Sligo boss Paul Cook at Tranmere Rovers, who recommend the up-and-coming full-back to Liverpool as he was establishing himself in the League of Ireland.

"Paul knew this kid was top drawer and he rang some contacts at Liverpool and tried to encourage them to take a look at Coleman, but Benitez rejected his advances and said he wasn't interested.

"Every time I see him, I can't help but lament what might have been for Liverpool."

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