Brendan Rodgers says Alexis Sanchez chose to join Arsenal over Liverpool because of geographical reasons.
The Chilean international was wanted by both clubs as Barcelona looked to raise money to fund the purchase of Luis Suarez. Liverpool hoped a swap deal involving both players could be negotiated, but it quickly became apparent that Sanchez had no interest in being part of the deal.
The Liverpool manager claims Sanchez was not put off by the club's ambition, but did not like the idea of setting up a life in Merseyside. Instead, London seemed the more attractive option and he joined the Gunners for a fee of £32m.
Rodgers is quoted in the Daily Mail as saying: "That (Sanchez) was one where geography dictated where he wanted to go, simple as that. If anything, it’s been other way (and Liverpool are an attraction).
"Lots of players are really impressed by what we are doing as club and really excited about coming to Liverpool.
"It was not lack of ambition from the club (that Sanchez went to Arsenal). The player and his family want to choose to live wherever that is. Sanchez is a fantastic player and would have suited us; his profile would have been great but it was not to be and we move on."
Sanchez would have been considered a close to perfect replacement for Suarez, who eventually left for the Nou Camp in a straight cash deal. The 25-year-old is quick, strong and has the ability to play across the front line.
Now Daniel Sturridge has been left as Liverpool's only established striker and Liverpool are expected to seek an alternative option. However, Rodgers is keen to see what Sturridge can do as the main man.
He said: "In the times Daniel has played up there without Luis, he has shown his qualities.
"But the onus is not really on one player. Our strength has been the team. When I came in, Luis was talked of as someone who didn’t score regularly, get enough opportunities or take them.
"The last two years proved that with the number of chances we create that you can get goals. But it was not just about Luis. We scored 101 goals last season and he got 31 of them.
"We have goals all across the team and will bring in players we think can assist with making them."
What is obvious is that Liverpool have plenty of cash in the bank. Suarez's fee was believed to be around £75 million while they already had a healthy sum because of their upcoming Champions League participation.
Liverpool need to strengthen in several areas in the team, but a major signing is what the Anfield faithful are really hoping for. The Daily Mirror are reporting that Rodgers is targeting a £100 million spree on Arturo Vidal, Marco Reus and Paul Pogba. Such an acquisition would certainly appease the Kop, but whether or not the deals are viable is another thing.
Frustratingly, Sanchez again would have fit the mould of a marquee signing. The fact that he decided to live in the metropolitan area of London may not be the most surprising reason, but one must consider the fact that Arsenal are too well placed to challenge for a title, having a bigger stadium and were able to offer him £130,000-a-week.
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