‘Bitterly disappointing’ – Liverpool boss on missing out on Alexis Sanchez last summer

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Brendan Rodgers has reflected on missing out on Alexis Sanchez after the Chilean opted for Arsenal last summer.

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has been speaking about missing out on former Barcelona forward Alexis Sanchez.

The Reds were heavily linked with Sanchez in the summer but ultimately the Chilean international moved to Arsenal in a reported £35million move.

The 26-year-old has enjoyed a fine start to life in North London, scoring 14 goals and providing six assists to date, and the Liverpool boss has reflected on a missed opportunity.

In quotes published by the Telegraph, Rodgers said, “He (Sanchez) is a world-class player and was regarded as somebody who could come here and be perfect for us.

“He is a brilliant footballer with outstanding quality and even bigger work-rate, so to not get him with obviously bitterly disappointing.”

Instead Liverpool signed Rickie Lambert, Mario Balotelli and Divock Origi, although the latter is currently on loan at French club Lille.

There is no doubt Sanchez’s arrival at Liverpool would have significantly softened the blow of Luis Suarez’s departure, with the Arsenal forward arguably the closest player to the Uruguayan in terms of work-rate.

But Rodgers will have to mark that one down as a missed opportunity and hope his next signing proves every bit as canny as Arsene Wenger’s summer deal.

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