Liverpool hero wishes old club beat Arsenal to star man

Former Liverpool star John Scales believes that his old side will regret not beating Arsenal to Alexis Sanchez.

Both clubs chased the highly-rated Chilean this summer, but the Gunners eventually came out on top in the tussle.

Sanchez himself in understood to have made the decision based on a desire to live in London, even though the Reds could guarantee him playing time and a big role following the exit of Luis Suarez – who headed in the opposite direction to Barcelona.

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Scales – who spent two season at Anfield – believes that the 25-year-old attacker would have fitted well in a Brendan Rodgers side and that his old club will look back at the saga in the future with feelings of regret:

“I think he wanted to live in London. That’s every player’s prerogative and he made a decision for what was best for his career,” he told The Express.

“He would have been a good addition. He’s a talented player. I wouldn’t have had any issue with him joining but he needs to be comfortable where he is and be able to produce his best form.

“He looks a really good player and Liverpool would probably wish they had taken negotiations further.”

Sanchez starred for his nation at the World Cup and cost Arsenal close to £35m.