Liverpool target Alexis Sanchez has so far proven to be one of the stars of this summer’s World Cup, a far cry from his status at club side Barcelona.
In fairness to the Chilean international, his club performances were mostly very good over last season, as he scored an impressive 19 goals and added a further 10 assists in 27 La Liga starts.
His status as a star, however, is often overlooked as the Nou Camp faithful look towards the likes of Lionel Messi, Andres Iniesta and Neymar as their predominant idols.
This feeling has therefore caused a strain on Sanchez, with the winger often showing frustration as he receives a lack of appreciation in comparison to his teammates, and it has affected his on-field productivity.
When asked to analyse the difference between Sanchez at Barca and the same player strutting his stuff for Chile, boss Jorge Sampaoli told reporters that his performances have been better for the national side because of his appreciated status.
“For the national team he feels determined and he is very considered. His performances have been fantastic, but in Barcelona with the teammates he has he is not so valued. He is one of the best in the world and he gives us loads of goals and assists, his mood in the national camp is supreme,” he said, quoted by the Spanish press AS.
Sanchez’s future in Spain has been put into doubt this summer, with Liverpool, Arsenal and Manchester United all being linked with a move for him.