There is no doubting that Kevin Keegan has been one of the best players to ever play for Liverpool. When he left the club in 1977 to join Hamburg, many thought that Liverpool would suffer without him but instead the club went on to achieve more great success without the striker. Liverpool went on to sign Kenny Dalglish to replace Keegan and we all know how well that turned out.
Kevin Keegan has come out and spoken about his departure from Liverpool and says that there was a possibility for him to return to Liverpool after his stint at Hamburg but it was not meant to be.
Keegan explained what happened: “It was an option. I was with Lawrie McMenemy at a charity event the other day and he said he phoned up Peter Robinson, because he wanted me but Liverpool had a clause, but Peter said, ‘No, we won’t be signing him, definitely, we don’t need him.’
“Liverpool had moved on, got different players and partnerships, were just as successful and arguably about to be even more successful.
“In football terms, it’s never easy to go back. You’ve had it happen over the years a couple of times and it’s half worked but it’s never really the same. My book had been written at Liverpool and it was a nice little book. I had a lot of good fun and a few little downs, which makes a good story.
“Every time I come back, even driving here today, I go past my old digs. You can’t take the memories away but it was finished.”