IAIN DOWIE has told a hilarious story about Liverpool’s failure to sign Tim Flowers in 1993.
The Reds agreed a British record fee for a keeper to lure Flowers away from Southampton.
But Blackburn, managed by Kenny Dalglish, nipped in and got the green light to sign Flowers too.
The former England keeper then had a decision to make – and his good pal Dowie has revealed Dalglish got Flowers to stay round his house to seal the move.
Dalglish had previously tried to sign Roy Keane, who asked to go home and think about his decision – only to then join Manchester United.
It was a moment the Rovers boss was desperate to learn from to avoid Flowers doing the same.
Recalling the incident, Dowie told Sky Sports: “He rings me, because we were room-mates, and tells me they’ve agreed a fee. He thinks it’s £3m – either Blackburn or Liverpool.
“At the time, and it’s no disrespect to Blackburn… “I said: ‘Well, where are you going?’ He said he wasn’t sure.
“I was like: ‘What do you mean you’re not sure? Liverpool or Blackburn… what are you thinking about?’
“Sure enough, the first one to ring him was Kenny Dalglish – so up he goes to Kenny’s own house.
“He’s in there, he’s on his own, he finishes negotiations and says ‘I’ll go home overnight and think about it’.
“Kenny said ‘no, no, no – stay here’. Tim said ‘no, no – it’s alright and Kenny said ‘no no, it’s fine’.
“He ended up staying overnight and in the morning he ends up signing for Blackburn.
“Tim said the next day: ‘Why did you make me stay overnight?’
“Kenny goes: ‘I had Roy Keane in here two weeks ago, he went home for the night and ended up signing for Man United. I wasn’t letting you go anywhere!’
“It’s a fantastic story – and what a keeper he was.”