Thursday 22 March 2018

Brendan Rodgers reveals how Liverpool missed out on deals for Dele Alli and Alexis Sanchez

Former Reds manager admits he never had the final say on transfer in or out of the club

Brendan Rodgers and Alexis Sanchez
Brendan Rodgers and Alexis Sanchez

Callum Davis

Brendan Rodgers has revealed Liverpool came close to signing Dele Alli while he was still in charge of the club.

In a candid interview on Sky Sports' Goals on Sunday programme, Rodgers lifted the lid on Liverpool's recruitment process under the club's mysterious transfer committee.

Rodgers revealed just how close the club came to beating Tottenham to the signing of England starlet, Dele Alli, who ended up signing for the North London club in a £5 million deal.

"I thought we had him, unfortunately the deal didn't get done and he ended up at Tottenham," Rodgers said.

Rodgers claimed personal terms had been agreed with the midfielder following a meeting with the 19-year-old and his parents, but a fee could not be agreed between the two clubs.

The Northern Irishman was sacked as Liverpool manager at the start of the season following a poor start to the campaign and a prolonged period of scrutiny on the 42-year-old's signings.

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Rodgers has been accused of overseeing a number of disappointing signings in his time at Anfield, but he defended his involvement in player recruitment.

"The transfer model at the club is slightly different to that of other clubs," said Rodgers. "There's a recruitment team in place whose job it is to bring in the players."

Rodgers, who spent nearly £300m on new transfers in his time at Liverpool, insisted he never had the final say on who came into the club.

 "If the player you want is not on the list you have to take someone else," said Rodgers. "For example if you want a left back, but the one you want isn't there, you have to take the best one thats in that group."

The former Swansea manager insisted a number of failures to secure first-choice signings meant the club were forced to pursue alternative options in the transfer market.  Reflecting on the 2014/15 season, 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 didnt 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."

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