Classic Transfer: Liverpool beat Man United to signing of classy defender

first_imgThere were quite a lot of Liverpool fans annoyed at the club’s failure to land Memphis Depay recently when the Dutch flyer ended up joining Man United instead of their beloved Reds.It can’t be nice watching your bitter rivals sign someone you hoped would join your club, but then Kopites old enough to remember 1989 will recall Fiorentina’s Glenn Hysen snubbing Fergie’s Man United in order to play at Anfield.Having won three Swedish titles with IFK Gothenburg and the UEFA Cup twice, Hysen was playing for Italian side Fiorentina.By this time he was Sweden captain and one of Europe’s best players, with Ferguson keen to bring him to England. Hysen even flew to Manchester to meet the boss, chairman Martin Edwards and captain Bryan Robson but talks stalled and a couple of weeks later he was playing for Kenny Dalglish’s Liverpool.“Liverpool came to see me in Gothenburg. Discussions lasted 10 minutes and I signed. [Chief executive] Peter Robinson and [chairman] John Smith arranged the deal. It was a good offer, but it was also simple,” he told LFC magazine.Hysen made his debut in the 1-0 win Charity Shield win against Arsenal and shortly afterwards he scored his first goal for the club in their 9-0 win against Crystal Palace (see the video below) before ending the 1989/90 season as champion, Liverpool’s last title triumph.Over the course of the campaign, the Reds’ 37 goals conceded was the fewest of all 20 teams and they finished nine points clear of second place Aston Villa.United, meanwhile languished in 13th spot, almost 30 points adrift of their north west neighbours. However, Hysen, playing less frequently under Graeme Souness, left Liverpool in 1992 for IFK’s Gothenburg rivals GAIS and retired in 1994 at the age of 34. Glenn Hysen (right) celebrates the 1990 title with goalkeeper Bruce Grobbelaar 1last_img

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