Brendan Rodgers
Brendan Rodgers Reuters

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers is adamant that Alexis Sanchez snubbing Liverpool in favour of Arsenal has nothing to do with the size or capability of the Reds to attract the best players.

The Northern Irishman, who lost out on his primary targets even during last summer's transfer window when Henrikh Mkhitaryan chose Borussia Dortmund over a move to Anfield, insists that Sanchez's decision was purely based on the location of the clubs rather than the clubs itself.

"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)," Rodgers said, as quoted in the Daily Mail.

"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," the former Swansea boss added.

However, that has not slowed Rodgers as he has already added four new players to the Reds roster and is looking to take his spending over the £100m mark.

It is believed that Liverpool will complete the deal for Southampton's Dejan Lovren, who they have been strongly linked to all-through the summer, with the player also voicing his desire to play for the Merseyside club.

Meanwhile, the Reds boss has made it clear that, even though the Anfield outfit has money to spend, they will not buy players for the sake of it. He maintains that all the transfers up till now were planned before the exit of Luis Suarez was confirmed.

"The signings we have made have absolutely no relation to Luis going – these were players that were always earmarked to come in," Rodgers explained.

"We felt last year we never had the depth; we are in the Champions' League this year so we have to ensure we have a strong as squad as possible."

"Obviously Luis going gives us the clout to go and spend more and we are getting the right type of player in. We certainly won't spend just for the sake of spending – it has to be the sort of player who is going to improve us," the Liverpool manager concluded.