The Everton No1 is England's hero today after they survived a penalty shootout against Colombia to reach the World Cup quarterfinals.
Kirkland told talkSPORT: “I tried to get Liverpool to sign Jordan two or three years ago when I was at Preston with him.
“I was raving about him to the Liverpool staff, saying 'this lad is the best I've worked with'.
“I told them he is going to be something special – but not many people take notice of me to be honest!
“Unfortunately they didn't get him and Everton have got, for me, a steal even at £30million."