Souness: I could have signed Schmeichel and Cantona

Manchester United legends Eric Cantona and Peter Schmeichel could have been Liverpool players, according to former manager Graeme Souness.

Souness, who managed The Reds between 1991 and 1994, says Schmeichel, who is considered as their rivals' greatest ever goalkeeper – offered his services to the club as a youngster before he went on to have one of the most distinguished careers in the Premier League.

"Schmeichel wrote to me when I was at Liverpool in the early 1990s. Ron Yeats came into my office and told me there was a young Danish goalkeeper who was a Liverpool fan and was willing to pay his own travel and hotel in exchange for some time with us," Souness told The Daily Mail.

"But at the time I was trying to ease Brucey Grobbelaar out and that was proving a hassle. And I think I had just signed David James. So I thought I could do without it."

If the thought of losing out on the five-time League-winning goalkeeper wasn't enough, the Scot went on to admit that Eric Cantona was also snubbed during his Anfield tenure.

He added: "Similar with Eric. We had played Auxerre at home and Michel Platini came to see me. He said he had a player – a problem boy but a proper player. Cantona. I said the last thing I needed was another problem player."