Liverpool record-breaker snubbed Tottenham for Anfield move
By Emma Sanders
Former defender Phil Babb has revealed he snubbed Tottenham for a record-breaking transfer switch from Coventry to Liverpool in 1994.
Babb became Britain’s most expensive defender when he completed his £3.6 million move but he has revealed the club’s Premier League rivals tried to tempt him.
The centre-back was hugely impressive for the Republic of Ireland in the 1994 World Cup and he claims Tottenham were prepared to give a similar offer to the one which drove him to Anfield.
“I was in demand. I was on holiday and every other day I was reading the papers and [they said] I was going here, there and everywhere,” Babb told Sky Sports, as reported by the Daily Star.
“I think the other real firm bid was from Spurs. They made a bid much the same as Liverpool’s. Neil [Phil Neil, Coventry manager at the time] thought I was going to go to Spurs, being a London boy, but when Liverpool came calling it was a no-brainer.”
Babb spent six years with Liverpool and made 170 appearances during a successful Anfield career. He won the League Cup during his first season before making the switch to Sporting Lisbon in 2000.
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The centre-back joined the Reds after a period of domination in the 80s but did not win any further silverware following his League Cup success.
In his first season, Tottenham finished in 7th position in the league table whereas Liverpool finished in 4th place, 12 points ahead of Spurs. The two sides are currently both in the race to win the league this season.