Terry ‘used’ Liverpool to get better Chelsea contract

Matt Stead

Liverpool tried to sign Gerard Pique, John Terry, Diego Forlan, Petr Cech and many more players at the turn of the millennium.

The Reds were beaten to Pique by Manchester United, while Terry “used” the club “to get more money out of Chelsea”, according to former scout Alex Miller.

Miller worked for Liverpool for nine years from 1999 to 2008, first as a scout and then as first-team coach.

He has opened up on the talents the Reds missed out on under Gerard Houllier.

“I looked at Gerard Pique and I tried to get him,” Miller told ESPN FC in an excellent interview.

“The Spanish delegation he was with at a youth tournament, I think it was his grandfather who was the delegate for the Spanish federation. Well he wouldn’t give me permission because I think Man United were already in at that point.

“I brought Cristiano Ronaldo (and his ridiculous statistics). That’s water under the bridge. I recommended him and saw him at a youth tournament.

“Diego Forlan, I turned him down before United even got to him. At the final hour when United were going to sign him, Gerard Houllier asked me whether I was sure. I was positive he would be more suited to Spain or Italy.

“I tried to get John Terry to come. 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 [to Rennes].”