Brendan Rodgers: This is what stopped me winning the Premier League with Liverpool
By John Reid
Brendan Rodgers has been discussing his time as Liverpool manager today, revealing that he tried to sign Arsenal lynchpin Alexis Sanchez for the Reds.
Talking to TalkSport’s Jim White, the now Celtic boss tried to make Sanchez part of the deal that took Luis Suarez to Barcelona.
Suarez signed for Barcelona for a fee of around £65 million, and Liverpool planned to use some of that to sign a high profile replacement.
According to Rodgers, Liverpool “needed a world-class operator” to replace the soon to depart Suarez, “we deemed Sanchez to be that one”.
Sanchez wasn’t interested in signing for Liverpool though and eventually joined Arsenal for just over £35 million.
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That signing would have been a statement by Liverpool that they were serious contenders once again but it didn’t happen and Rodgers believes it stopped him bringing the Premier League title to Anfield.
Signing Sanchez may have saved Rodgers’ job at Liverpool, as without the talisman Suarez, the team seemed to fall apart after almost winning the league.
Suarez eventually won the Champions League with Barcelona, whilst Rodgers was sacked by Liverpool in October 2015.
Sanchez has went on to win three FA Cups with Arsenal, and is currently in the final year of his contract.
In other Liverpool news, Jurgen Klopp may make changes against Maribor