Liverpool vs Huddersfield Town: The incredible story behind playboy footballer Frank Worthington’s failed Anfield transfer

26 Apr

Liverpool will be eager to keep up with Premier League leaders Manchester City when they entertain Huddersfield on Friday night.

The Reds are one point behind the Citizens following their 2-0 triumph over Manchester United on Wednesday.

Jurgen Klopp’s men have pushed reigning champions City all the way

It means the pressure is well and truly on Jurgen Klopp’s men to continue coming up with the goods, even if their opponents have already been relegated from the top flight this season.

But if there’s one man who didn’t know the meaning of the word pressure, it’s former Terriers hotshot Frank Worthington.

Alongside George Best and Rodney Marsh, Worthington was a notorious playboy footballer.

Worthington missed out on the opportunity of a lifetime when he failed his medical with Liverpool

On his previous lifestyle, Worthington revealed: “I used to be out ‘til all hours boozing it up, but these days, I touch nothing stronger than the odd glass of lager or wine. I like to be tucked up in bed by 10pm.”

However, his wild ways cost him a big-money move to Liverpool in 1972.

It is understood his transfer to Anfield was put on hold after having high blood pressure during the medical.

Reds boss at the time Bill Shankly was unfazed, though, instructing Worthington to take a holiday to Majorca and they’d do the medical when he got back – bad idea!

According to the Huddersfield Examiner, Worthington’s holiday consisted of seven days of heavy drinking involving two blonde Swedish females, a night with Miss Great Britain and an ‘encounter’ with another woman at the airport.

Worthington then did his medical again and, unsurprisingly, his blood pressure was even higher – the move was off and Shankly sent some flowers to Worthington’s mum.

He joined Leicester City for £100,000 later that summer where he enjoyed a successful career, scoring 72 goals in five seasons.

Worthington completed his move to Leicester shortly after the Liverpool deal collapsed

But if you were wondering whether Worthington had any regrets about missing out on Liverpool, fear not!

“There was no point in getting upset,” he said at the time. “I just told myself it was their loss.”