Andy Robertson has revealed that he came close to joining Stoke instead of Liverpool when he made the move from Hull.
Robertson departed the KCOM Stadium in the summer of 2017 to join Jurgen Klopp
's Liverpool, who reached the Champions League
final in the left back's first season at the club.
However, things could have turned out very differently for the Scotland international prior to his £8million move to Anfield.
Robertson, speaking to Youtube football channel 'Open Goal'
, has sensationally claimed he held brief talks with Stoke as he looked to move away from Hull following their relegation to the Championship.
'Stoke were quite interested in me. Mark Hughes had liked me and I think there was a wee bit of chat with them,' Robertson revealed.
'So I was thinking they were a really good option; I think they finished top 10 that season and I was trying to get my head on a move to Stoke.
'I was thinking they were really keen, and at that point under Mark Hughes they were playing good football. They had Erik Pieters; I wasn't sure if I was going in as back-up to him as he was flying that season.'
And he certainly made the right choice. In Robertson's first season at Liverpool, he made the left back position his own, impressing throughout the campaign as they reached the Champions League final before losing to Real Madrid.
Meanwhile, Stoke were relegated from the Premier League after a 10-year stay, picking up just 33 points all season.