Brendan Rodgers has spoken of his disappointment at missing out on signing Alexis Sanchez from Barcelona in 2014 when Luis Suarez left the club.

In the 2013/14 season, Luis Suarez scored 31 goals in the Premier League and almost helped Liverpool win the league title for the first time in over two decades.

His subsequent departure saw a collapse at the Merseyside club with his replacement Mario Balotelli failing to come near to replicating Suarez’ incredible goal return.

Brendan Rodgers, who was sacked over 12 months later, has revealed his regret at not finding the proper replacement for Luis Suarez. The Northern Irishman was sacked in 2015 with his Liverpool team regressing after three and half years in the job.

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Rodgers’ primary target in the 2014 summer transfer window was then Barcelona winger Alexis Sanchez. The Chilean would have been a like for like swap for Luis Suarez but he chose to move to London and join Arsenal and has since scored an incredible 74 goals in 154 appearances.

Speaking to TalkSportRodgers revealed his regret over missing out on Sanchez: “We felt like Luis [Suarez] was going to move on and we needed to get a world-class operator to go like-for-like.

“We finished second in the league playing a great level of football. Players were flexible in how they could play and then it was about trying to make that next step.

“And for that we needed to get a replacement and we deemed Sanchez to be that one.”

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Missing out on Sanchez that season was a hammer blow to the Reds’ hopes of continuing in the rich vein of form from the campaign prior. Not only had Luis Suarez left for Barcelona and been replaced by a hapless Mario Balotelli but Daniel Sturridge missed the majority of the 2014/15 season through injury.

There’s no point dwelling on what could have been as it only leads to old wounds being opened up especially with the likes of Philippe Coutinho coming to the fore in recent seasons.

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