Liverpool tried and failed to sign Alexis Sanchez last summer before Arsenal landed him, even sending delegates out to Brazil in an attempt to treat with the player.
That’s according to new information in The Independent, where it’s claimed that the Reds made a late bid to hijack a deal Arsene Wenger had been working hard to tie up.
It’s said the Gunners boss has personally made trips around Brazil whilst the World Cup was on in an effort to convince Sanchez to leave Barcelona for north London, but that his efforts were almost disrupted by Liverpool.
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Apparently the Reds sent representatives to South America trying to stage a last minute coup, although Sanchez was already of the mind that Arsenal would be his next club.
What followed was his swift exit from the Nou Camp and the blockbuster transfer to the Emirates Stadium - one that almost single handedly gave Arsenal a top three spot last season.
Failure to land Sanchez
Liverpool were left licking their wounds and never fully recovered from the blow felt by the failure to capture Sanchez, instead bringing in a raft of new players, most of whom have failed to settle well at Anfield.
It was Mario Balotelli who Brendan Rodgers primarily turned to as he sought to replace the goals lost by the sale of Luis Suarez, but the Italian’s first season on Merseyside was in direct contrast to the breathtaking showcase Sanchez delivered at Arsenal.
As a result this summer the Reds appear to have been more switched on, with Ian Ayre himself having flown to South America to tie up a deal for Roberto Firmino mid-way through the Copa America.
Firmino might not be as classy as Sanchez, but his purchase - done and dusted before any other suitors could get into gear - tells you all you need to know about lessons learnt.
Liverpool fans, where would you have finished if you had signed Sanchez last year? Arsenal fans, would you have managed third place without him? Let us know in the comments box below.