This summer Liverpool are expected to add to the squad but will be doing so within their means. The Reds have been frugal since the arrival of FSG and the impact of the global health crisis means that the club cannot be as aggressive in the market as we first predicted. That being said we still need reinforcements in attack – here are three reasons why Liverpool signing Ismaïla Sarr makes perfect sense.
Liverpool targeting Ismaïla Sarr – who is he?
In his debut season in the Premier League the winger was incredibly impressive, scoring five and assisting four in 28 games for the Hornets.
Given that his side were relegated this season his numbers are impressive, particularly for a debut season.
The FSG model
Since taking over at Anfield FSG have switched the focus of transfer policy, in recent seasons the club has prioritised signing young players who are likely to improve in value during their time at Liverpool.
The Reds have signed only a handful of players over the age of 27 since the takeover. Most buys have been with one eye on the forthcoming years – why splash out on a player if you can only get three years out of him?
Liverpool signing Ismaïla Sarr would make sense as he is only 22-years-old; the winger is full of potential and is nowhere near hitting his prime.
Watford will be playing in the Championship next season following their relegation from the Premier League.
Dropping a division can be devastating for a club financially, they lose out on lucrative TV money and sponsorships to name just two revenue streams.
Players also may look to force a move back into the big time if they feel they are better than the Championship.
These two factors combined often lead to players being sold on the cheap as clubs look to mitigate the financial devastation whilst also avoiding keeping around discontented players.
Michael Edwards has shown in recent seasons that there is plenty of value in buying relegated players, for example he signed Andy Robertson from Hull City when they were relegated.
Sadio Mane is very fond of Ismaïla Sarr given that the pair represent Senegal together.
The Liverpool forward obviously thinks of himself as something of an older brother to the young winger, footage emerged earlier in the season of Mane asking Troy Deeney to ‘look after’ Sarr for him.
The fact that Sadio and Sarr get on so well would help the youngster settle into the club quickly. They would also be able to bring their international partnership to club level.
Transitioning into a new system, particularly when you don’t have a perfect grasp on the language, isn’t easy – having an elder statesman take you under his wing can make all the difference.