Rodgers rues Sanchez rejection


Former Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has revealed his regret at missing out on Alexis Sanchez during his time in charge.

The Northern Irishman, who now manages Scottish champions Celtic, had wanted to bring the Arsenal star to Anfield when Luis Suarez joined Barcelona.

Rodgers wanted to bring the Chile international in as part of the deal that saw Suarez head to the Camp Nou, and the Spanish club were happy to use him in part-exchange, but Sanchez refused.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger ended up signing him in a deal worth around £35m back in that Summer of 2014 and Rodgers was left to think about what might have been.

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

“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.” he finished.

Liverpool supporters were hopeful that Sanchez would end up coming to the club as part of the deal that saw fan favourite Suarez leave, but it wasn’t to be.

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