Pompey turned down Liverpool cup hero

Liverpool youngster Connor Randall in pre-season action for Pompey against the Hawks in July Picture: Joe Pepler
Liverpool youngster Connor Randall in pre-season action for Pompey against the Hawks in July Picture: Joe Pepler

HE COULD have been turning out for Pompey this season.

Instead, he was helping put Southampton to the sword, as Liverpool served up a 6-1 Capital One Cup demolition.

We looked at him

Paul Cook

Now Paul Cook has explained the reason why the Blues passed up the chance to land Reds right-back Connor Randall.

Randall played for Pompey against the Hawks in pre-season, but Cook opted to land Ben Davies, who has since shone in the position.

‘He played for us against Havant,’ Cook explained.

‘We looked at him, but the problem you get when you look at these lads in a short space of time is you have to look at the bigger picture.

‘But we saw in Ben Davies quite early that he would be our right-back.

‘We were under pressure from Liverpool that, if we took him, he had to play.

‘What you can’t do is upset these clubs when they say a lad must play.

‘The only way these lads get experience is by playing.

‘So we decided to not take him, he’s now doing very well for himself and it’s great to see.’

Cook took in Liverpool’s win at Southampton, and took plenty of abuse from the home crowd. The Scouser had the last laugh, however.

Cook said: ‘The home fans were giving me some stick during the game - but maybe that’s because I was jumping up and down every time Liverpool scored a goal!’

– JORDAN CROSS