Former manager confesses he missed out signing 28-year-old Premier League superstar

Former Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has revealed that he regrets missing out on signing Alexis Sanchez from Barcelona in 2014.

The Reds were on the lookout for a world class attacker to replace the departing Luis Suarez, with the Uruguayan eventually making the switch to the Nou Camp, and Sanchez had been identified as a possible replacement.

However, the move ultimately failed to materialise, with Sanchez instead joining Arsenal.

Rodgers, who now manages Celtic, told talkSPORT: “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.”

Sanchez has produced some excellent performances for Arsenal, while Rodgers paid the price for Liverpool’s inconsistent performacnes as he was sacked in 2015.

A constant menace for opponents given his pace and trickery, Sanchez has created 18 chances for Arsenal in the Premier League this season and he has been successful with 74 per cent of the take-ons that he has attempted.

However, there remains a considerable amount of doubt about the Chilean’s long-term future at the club, with his contract set to expire at the end of June next year.