Phil Thompson: Liverpool should have signed Arsenal’s Alexis Sanchez
Liverpool legend Phil Thompson is unhappy Luis Suarez was allowed to join Barcelona last summer
Liverpool shouldn’t have allowed Luis Suarez to join Barcelona without first agreeing a deal to sign Alexis Sanchez, according to Phil Thompson.
The Reds have struggled in the absence of Suarez this season after the Uruguayan sealed a £75m switch to Barcelona last July following his 31-goal Premier League campaign.
Liverpool were reportedly keen to acquire Sanchez but the Chile international preferred a move to the English capital, joining Arsenal in a £35m deal.
However, former Reds captain Thompson insists Suarez should have been denied the opportunity to move to the La Liga leaders until a deal for Sanchez was concluded.
Speaking to Sky Sports, Thompson said: “The talk was that Liverpool had made a big bid for Sanchez. I wouldn’t have let Suarez get in the taxi to the airport if Sanchez hadn’t have already done the deal.
“Liverpool were in the driving seat on this. They could have said to Suarez, ‘sorry, as much as you want it to go and it’s Barcelona, you are not going anywhere until he signs.’
“I know there were family issues and that’s why he went to London but I wouldn’t have let it (the Suarez transfer) happen.”
Sanchez has scored 14 goals and has made eight assists in 30 Premier League appearances for the north London side this season.
Liverpool, meanwhile, have struggled to reach the goal-scoring heights of last season, particularly in light of Daniel Sturridge’s injury problems throughout the campaign.