Liverpool missed out on the chance to sign the player who has scored the Premier League’s fastest ever hat-trick and inspired Southampton’s 3-2 comeback win over the Reds because he failed a computer analysis test.
According to Raphael Honigstein, Sadio Mane was offered to Liverpool before he joined the Saints.
However, the Anfield club turned Mane down because he failed their statistical analysis test, which covers passes, distance covered, tackles and other ambiguous figures.
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The latest report, filed by Honigstein in Sport1 and brought to our attention by Sport Witness, is unlikely to sit well with Liverpool fans who have blamed the club’s transfer committee for a number of failed signings.
Brendan Rodgers revealed earlier this year that the come missed out on signing Tottenham wonderkid Dele Alli and Arsenal star Alexis Sanchez and, though Mane wouldn’t have got fans as excited as the aforementioned duo, he certainly would have been a welcome addition.
Mane eventually signed joined Southampton from Red Bull Salzburg for £10 million in 2014 and has emerged as one of the most exciting players in the English division.
So much so that Manchester United were interested in acquiring his services in the January transfer window, but were rebuffed by the Saints.
Maligned transfer committee
Liverpool’s transfer committee has come under heavy criticism for the disappointing signings of Mario Balotelli, Javi Manquillo, Luis Alberto, Iago Aspas and Lazar Markovic, among others
Brendan Rodgers, who spent over £300m during his time in charge at Anfield, lifted the lid on the six-man committee in an appearance on Sky Sports’ Goals on Sunday in January.
“The transfer model at the club is slightly different to that of other clubs,” said Rodgers, per the Telegraph.
“There's a recruitment team in place whose job it is to bring in the players. If the player you want is not on the list you have to take someone else.
"For example, if you want a left back, but the one you want isn't there, you have to take the best one that’s in that group."
Rodgers' hands were tied
Rodgers would be the first to admit that he made mistakes during his three-and-a-half year spell as Liverpool boss but the restrictions placed upon the unemployed manager couldn’t have been easy to deal with.
Discussing the 2014-15 season, in which were knocked out of the Champions League at the group stages, Rodgers said: “The huge blow for us that season was that we thought we were getting Alexis Sanchez.
"We were going to then bring in Rickie Lambert alongside him, but it ended up that we didn't get Sanchez, we just got Rickie.
"All of a sudden our only striker is Rickie Lambert. At 32 years of age going into the Champions League season that wasn't ideal."
Here’s hoping Jurgen Klopp is given more freedom.