Ex-Liverpool boss opens up over Alexis Sanchez regret

Date published: Tuesday 31st October 2017 3:02

Former Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers has opened up on his regret over losing out on the signing of Alexis Sanchez to Arsenal.

The Reds appeared to be ready to snap up Sanchez from Barcelona in 2014, after they lost Luis Suarez to the Catalan giants.

However, the Chile frontman opted to move to the Gunners instead and has proved to be a huge success during his time at The Emirates, scoring 73 goals for Arsene Wenger’s men.

Having missed out of Sanchez, the Reds opted to move for Mario Balotelli instead but the Italian was a disaster and is now playing at Nice in France.

And Rodgers, who was sacked by the Reds in October 2015 and is now in charge of Celtic, has admitted that the failure to sign Sanchez proved costly.

“We felt like Luis was going to move on and we needed to get a world-class operator to go like-for-like,” Rodgers told TalkSport.

“We finished second in the league playing a great level of football. Players were flexible in how they could play and then it was about trying to make that next step.

“And for that we needed to get a replacement. And we deemed Sanchez to be that one.”

Sanchez looks certain to leave Arsenal in the New Year, as he is due to enter he final six months of his contract, with Manchester City the favourites to land the prolific attacker.

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