Midfielder reveals: I was tapped up by Liverpool

“He barely had a chance to explain how impressed he had been with me when he was cut short. ‘No, no, no, no,’ Dad exclaimed. ‘We’re Evertonians, mate.’

“With that, he put the phone down.”

Barton didn’t play a first-team game for Everton – instead moving to Manchester City where he made his debut under Kevin Keegan.

The once capped England international has also revealed Liverpool wanted to sign him later in his career – only for the move to breakdown at the last minute.

The Kop club instead clinched a deal for Xabi Alonso.

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