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Aissa Mandi showing exactly why he wasn't worth the risk for Liverpool

Reports linked Liverpool with a move for Aissa Mandi ahead of the season. This campaign proves that he was never worth the risk, however.

We wrote a few things about Aissa Mandi ahead of the season after Cope linked him with Liverpool. They said the Reds wanted the Algerian and would pay Real Betis £9m.

The deal made sense. Liverpool only had three senior centre-halves as they sold Dejan Lovren. 29-year-old Mandi seemed like a good, experienced, well-priced squad option, then.

But Liverpool never made their move, obviously. He remains at Betis this season and it seems the Reds made the right choice.


As said, we wrote a few things about Mandi. One of which was that there was a real catch when it came to his price.

While he was a good player and ticked boxes, his disciplinary record was an issue. Mandi had picked up 20 yellow cards over two seasons – and that stood out.

And as it turns out, we were right to pick up on that. Because seven games into La Liga’s season, Mandi has been sent off twice.

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He’s played well in that time, too. The 29-year-old has won tackles, made interceptions and scored a goal. But again, he’s been sent off twice.

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Liverpool’s current injury crisis highlights just how bad that is for a squad player. You can’t be down to your fourth choice defender and sit there worried that he’s going to get suspended for a few games.

Liverpool could certainly use an extra senior centre-half right now. But that player isn’t Mandi – they got this one very right.

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