Iain Dowie Reveals How Roy Keane Ruined Tim Flowers' Proposed Liverpool Move in 1993
Iain Dowie has revealed how Kenny Dalglish managed to sign goalkeeper Tim Flowers for Blackburn ahead of Liverpool back in 1993.
Liverpool had agreed a British record fee for the goalie before Dalglish and Blackburn joined the transfer race. Flowers then had to choose between Blackburn and Liverpool, and Dowie has revealed how his former Southampton teammate ended up staying over at Dalglish's house.
Dalglish had previously entertained Roy Keane but the Irishman opted to sign for Manchester United, after rejecting an offer to stay the night and thinking it over elsewhere.
"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
"It's a fantastic story - and what a keeper he was."
Flowers made 177 league appearances for Blackburn, winning 1994-95 Premier League and also featured in 11 international matches for England.