Atletico Madrid goalkeeper, Jan Oblak was invited to have a trial with Liverpool at 16 years of age in 2009.
Jan Oblak was impressing multiple teams in Europe whilst playing for Slovenian club Olimpija, and eventually earned a trial at Liverpool.
The Slovenian international flew from Slovenia to England to participate in his Liverpool trial. However, Oblak had an injury.
With the news that Oblak was injured and a doubt for his trial, Sporting Director of Oblak’s parent club Olimpija said:
Simon Seslar: “There is nothing serious with the injury. Before the match with Maribor, he had pain in the muscle. But this does not mean the end for him.”
Whilst Seslar and Oblak were aware of a slight injury before being sent to Liverpool, they didn’t think it would hold him back from his trial. To their surprise, Liverpool sent Jan Oblak straight back to Olimpija and ended their interest at that point.
The former Olimpija goalkeeper opted for a move to Portuguese side Benfica instead, in 2010 for £1.53m – spending 4 years at the club – whilst enduring many loan spells in between.
Oblak was then snapped up by Atlético Madrid in 2014 for £14.4m and is now considered one of the best goalkeepers in the world. The Slovenian has a €100m release-clause at Atletico active until 2021.
Liverpool are interested in signing Jan Oblak from the Spanish club in January/next summer… only 8 years too late!