Ex-Liverpool manager on his failure to land current Arsenal star
There were a number of factors that led to the sacking of Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers just 18 months after just missing out on the Premier League title.
The results were just not coming for the Irishman at the beginning of the season and he was eventually replaced by Jurgen Klopp as the head of Anfield.
Reflecting on his time at Liverpool, Brendan Rodgers in an interview opened up about the situation of Alexis Sanchez who looked set to join Liverpool before signing for the Gunners.
Rodgers felt that the failure of the club to capture the Chilean hit his team hard as he was not left with too many options in the transfer market.
Talking to Sky, Rodgers said,” “The huge blow was that we thought we were getting Alexis Sanchez and that he’d be a like-for-like replacement in terms of how he pressed the game, his aggression.”
“We thought he’d be perfect, it’d be a smooth transition and Rickie Lambert would come in and be an option if we needed something else in the game.”
Sanchez move from Barcelona to Liverpool fell through as the Gunners pounced on the chance to land the player who later revealed that staying at London changed his mind.
But we didn’t get Alexis Sanchez and, bless Rickie, there was a lot of pressure on him when really that wasn’t the plan. So we had to bring in someone.”
“Mario has big talent – I wasn’t thinking I’d be any different in terms of managers who’ve had issues with him – and at that moment, we didn’t really have another option. It was something that didn’t quite work for us and it cost us.”
Liverpool are playing with just one fit striker and no real winger under Jurgen Klopp who will have to tailor the team according to his needs.
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