Jens Lehmann has revealed that Liverpool tried to sign him shortly after the Arsenal Invincibles’ winning run came to an end.
Lehmann’s new book, The Madness is on the Pitch, serialised in the Telegraph, revealed that his fellow German Dietmar Hamann acted as an informal representative of the Merseysiders to lay the foundations for a possible move.
Hamann got in contact with the former Gunners No1 after he had been dropped by manager Arsene Wenger just four matches subsequent to the end of the remarkable 49-match Premier League unbeaten run which had included the 2003-04 league title and the opening months of the 2004-05 season.
Arsenal had lost in controversial circumstances to Manchester United and then were defeated against Liverpool, which was only Lehmann’s second loss in the Premier League but enough for Arsene Wenger to swing the axe.
Lehmann revealed: “The manager comes up to me and says, ‘Jens, you’re not as fresh any more; you seem tired; I’m taking you out now. If you start having problems with your national team because of this, you may as well leave.’
“Naturally, I felt completely wronged and felt like going up the wall in my anger. I would not be bullied. I was no longer a single man who could pack his bags from one day to the next: my kids had finally settled into the country after a year and a half; I could not force yet another move onto them.