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Liverpool striker Milan Baros has admitted that he is disapppointed to have missed out on the chance to have joined Barcellona in the summer.

Baros exploits for the Czech Republic in Euro 2004, generated interest among several clubs, with Real Madrid and Roma reported to have been keen to sign him. However, it was a failed bid from Barcelona which most disappointed Baros.

“There were offers from Real Madrid and AS Roma but it’s gone,” Baros told MF Dnes.

“I only felt bad about the failed bid from Barcelona.

“I have loved them since I was a child. And now, they play fantastically. Maybe it can happen in the future.

“What wasn’t in the summer, can be in the future. I will only be 23-years-old (next summer).”

Ultimately, Baros stayed with Liverpool, although he conceded that he would have left the Premier League club had Gerard Houllier remained in charge. Houllier left the club at the end of last season, to be replaced by Rafael Benitez.

“If the coach had stayed, I would have wanted to leave,” he added.

“Then, Mr Benitez came in and I said to myself, ‘I will try it and then we will see’.

“I will never say a bad word against Houllier. I’m grateful for how he moved me up. Does everyone transfer from Ostrava to Liverpool?

“He simply had his favourite players, in which he had confidence. In spite of that, he moved my career very high.

“Michael Owen has left, so one place in attack is now free, I have more space and I play periodically.

“I’m pleased even if we haven’t played very well from the start of the season. We have four new players and a new coach.

“I feel we are getting better and better with every training session. I think we will do well.”

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