King of the Kop? When Eric Cantona nearly signed for Liverpool

Eric Cantona, Manchester United vs Liverpool
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Eric Cantona became a legend at Manchester United - but he was offered to Liverpool a year before he moved to Old Trafford.

In November 1991, Cantona was a regular in the French national team under boss Michel Platini, partnering Jean-Pierre Papin for Les Bleus, but had lost his way in club football in his homeland. His undoubted talent had been overshadowed by a string of controversial incidents, and he’d been frozen out at Marseille before joining newly-promoted club Nimes.

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Chris Flanagan
Senior Staff Writer

Chris joined FourFourTwo in 2015 and has reported from more than 20 countries, in places as varied as Ivory Coast and the Arctic Circle. He's interviewed Pele, Zlatan and Santa Claus (it's a long story), as well as covering the World Cup, AFCON and the Clasico. He previously spent 10 years as a newspaper journalist, and completed the 92 in 2017.