Liverpool must focus on identifying the next Jadon Sancho
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Liverpool must focus on identifying the next Jadon Sancho

Jadon Sancho has recently emerged as one of the finest talents in world football following his peerless rise to the pinnacle of European football.

DORTMUND, GERMANY – FEBRUARY 18: Jadon Sancho of Borussia Dortmund during the UEFA Champions League round of 16 first leg match between Borussia Dortmund and Paris Saint-Germain at Signal Iduna Park on February 18, 2020 in Dortmund, Germany. (Photo by Matthew Ashton – AMA/Getty Images)

The England international once again demonstrated his unwavering ability during Borussia Dortmund’s vital 2-1 victory against Paris Saint Germain in their Champions League last-16 knockout clash at the Westfalenstadion on Tuesday night.

The Daily Mail recently claimed that Liverpool have made their interest known to Dortmund and that the club wish to be kept informed on the teenager in the summer with the former Manchester City prospect currently valued at £100 million.

Reports from the Independent also confirmed Sancho as a potential target for the Premier League champions-elect with respected journalist Melissa Reddy also revealing that it is likely that Liverpool will look for players that match with the club’s key principles rather than splurge out ridiculous fees on blockbuster attacking purchases.

Of course, it is still possible that with Liverpool’s growing reputation in the game that a potential move for Sancho can still one day materialise in the future but FSG’s surgical work that has generated on-pitch success and ballooning commercial gains has largely stemmed from bringing in players from uncharted territory.

DORTMUND, GERMANY – DECEMBER 17: Jadon Sancho of Borussia Dortmund celebrates after scoring his team’s third goal during the Bundesliga match between Borussia Dortmund and RB Leipzig at Signal Iduna Park on December 17, 2019 in Dortmund, Germany. (Photo by Lars Baron/Bongarts/Getty Images)

Liverpool won’t abandon key principles

Does this mean Liverpool are interested in a player the calibre of Sancho? Of course, it does, they would be foolish not to be contemplating a move for one of the continents best players to join up with the current European champions.

Liverpool’s attempts to rebuild and restore the club back to its perch since Klopp was appointed in 2015 has been unquantifiable. The Reds are now very much world football’s most elite club following their unrivalled dominance over the past 18 months.

FSG and sporting director Michael Edward’s transfer policies have been the key in Liverpool climbing back to the top. Attracting elite players took time and in order to develop the blueprints for success, the club had to meticulously develop a scouting system that would instead identify the next crop of world-class players.

Just look at Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah before they joined Liverpool. Mane’s £34m initial price-tag was considered outrageous for a player that was effective for a Southampton side with aspirations to break into the top-six.

Salah, meanwhile, joined up on Merseyside as a player that had previously failed to make it in the top-flight following an unsuccessful spell with Chelsea from 2014 – 2016.

Liverpool gambled on two players where others wouldn’t and this is what the club will likely do again this summer rather than spend potentially a ten-figure sum for Sancho.

The club have consistently made small steps in their pursuit of European domination. With Liverpool’s current stock higher than it has ever been, they will continue to be touted with moves for some of the world’s best players. The reality though, is that Klopp and the club are determined to stick to the principles that put them back on their perch.


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