Former Liverpool defender Phil Thompson has said that the club should not have sanctioned Luis Suarez’s move to Barcelona without an agreement for Alexis Sanchez in place first.
Sanchez rejected a move to Anfield in favour of a £35m switch to Premiership rivals Arsenal and has been a revelation at the Emirates this season.
Reds’ boss Brendan Rodgers did try to get Sanchez as part of the Suarez deal, but the Chilean could not be persuaded to make the move.
And Thompson has criticised the club for allowing him to move to Arsenal after sealing an exit for Suarez.
“The talk was that Liverpool had made a big bid for Sanchez. I wouldn’t have let Suarez get in the taxi to the airport if Sanchez hadn’t have already done the deal.” he told Sky Sports.
“Liverpool were in the driving seat on this. They could have said to Suarez, ‘sorry, as much as you want it to go and it’s Barcelona, you are not going anywhere until he signs.’
“I know there were family issues and that’s why he went to London but I wouldn’t have let it happen.” he concluded.
Sanchez has scored fourteen times for Arsenal this season in the Premier League – including one in the recent 4-1 win over Liverpool.