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.
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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.
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.
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.