How different would our fortunes have been in 2014/15 if Alexis Sanchez had joined us and not Arsenal?
We all know that Brendan Rodgers wanted the Chilean to replace the brilliant Luis Suarez, but instead, we ended up with Rickie Lambert and Mario Balotelli.
It’s also public knowledge that Sanchez rejected us because he wanted to live in London and not the north of England, but we perhaps were not aware just how close we were to sealing the deal.
Ian Ayre is leaving us as CEO and has recently discussed his time at the helm during a speech at John Moores University, cited here in the Echo, and claimed that a deal with Barcelona had been finalised…
“The thing to understand is that you are never actually in complete control of who you buy and sell,” he began. “There was much publicised interest in Alexis Sanchez, and that deal was done – the only reason it wasn’t was that the player and his wife wanted to live in London. We couldn’t move the football club to London unfortunately!”
Sanchez has gone on to be a revelation in England, scoring 66 goals for Arsenal so far.
He might be discontent at the Emirates now, but we wonder where they’d be without the South American’s influence over the past few seasons.
If he didn’t fancy life on Merseyside in 2014, he’s not going to change his mind now, so we can forget any hopes of a summer switch!
Hopefully this time around we’ll be able to convince some world-class players to sign. The likes of Virgil van Dijk, Naby Keita and Julian Brandt would do very nicely.