Carragher says Brendan Rodgers was desperate to sign Henrikh Mkhitaryan for Liverpool

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Brendan Rodgers wanted to sign current Manchester United midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan for Liverpool, says Jamie Carragher.

Jamie Carragher has revealed in The Daily Mail that current Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers wanted to sign Henrikh Mkhitaryan when he was in charge of Liverpool.

The former Liverpool defender has disclosed that Rodgers was desperate to recruit the services of Mkhitaryan in the summer of 2013 when the attacking midfielder was still at Shakhtar Donetsk.

The 27-year-old, who can also operate as a winger, joined Borussia Dortmund from Shakhtar in the summer of 2013 and moved to Manchester United in the summer of 2016.

Manchester United's Henrikh Mkhitaryan in actionManchester United's Henrikh Mkhitaryan in action

“I remember how Brendan Rodgers was desperate to sign him for Liverpool from Shakhtar Donetsk in the summer of 2013 and he was devastated that he opted for Borussia Dortmund instead,” Carragher wrote in The Daily Mail. “He was an outstanding performer in Germany and the signs are he will be the same for United.

“Everything he has done over the past seven days bodes well for the future and Jose Mourinho could do with him turning it on again on Sunday against Tottenham.”

New Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers during the press conferenceCeltic manager Brendan Rodgers

Mkhitaryan has made a slow start to life at United, but the Armenia international is a genuinely brilliant footballer who will be a success at Old Trafford.

The attacking midfielder has created four chances in six Premier League appearances for the Red Devils so far this season.

The Armenian has scored one goal and created four chances in three Europa League matches for Jose Mourinho’s side so far this campaign.

United are sixth in the Premier League table at the moment with 21 points from 14 matches. The Red Devils will take on Tottenham Hotspur at Old Trafford in the league on Sunday afternoon.

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