We like Jadon Sancho.
In fact, we more than like Sancho, he is one of the most exciting generational talents in years and that is why it is difficult to accept that a move for the Borussia Dortmund forward to join Liverpool this summer just isn’t going to happen.
At just 20 years of age, his individual statistics are borderline ridiculous. Sancho has clocked up 20 goals for Dortmund this season and has remarkably recorded the same number of assists.
Sancho could have been the perfect long-term option to eventually usurp and star in Liverpool’s current attacking trident.
A direct involvement in 40 goals this season is comfortably better than any of Liverpool’s PL champions on an individual scale.
With Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane both 28, Sancho would have been the perfect like-for-like replacement to potentially take the mantle as Liverpool’s poster boy for the club’s next generation of attacking firepower.
Instead, it seems almost destined that Sancho, unfortunately, will not become a Liverpool player anytime soon.
According to reports from The Independent, Manchester United and Dortmund are ‘close’ to agreeing on an initial fee for the England international.
As sad as it is to take, it seems as if Sancho represents another European superstar that Liverpool will just have to walk away from.
Sancho dreams just not to be
The definitive factor for Liverpool regarding a lack of concrete interest in Sancho has been price.
Liverpool appreciate more than most that there is a massive difference between being at the summit versus playing catch-up with their rivals in trying to reach it.
However, there will be no significant alteration to the methodology that has restored the club as a domestic and continental powerhouse over the course of 24 months.
Liverpool even tried to sign Sancho from Manchester City in the summer of 2017 before the youngster eventually chose Dortmund and the Bundesliga as the next destination to cater to his footballing talents.
FSG and the Reds have navigated their way to once again becoming a continental superpower by being responsible and have on numerous occasions stated that once again they will be responsible in the transfer window amid the ongoing global pandemic.
Liverpool’s transfer committee were never fully committed to making a blockbuster attacking purchase unless they were to lose one of their pedigreed front-three which is a scenario the club are expecting not to happen.
Because of this, Edwards and his recruitment team tend not to move for the obvious choices in the market and through data analytics will continue to look for alternatives more suited to the club’s budgets and philosophies elsewhere.
Even despite potentially missing out on Sancho, Liverpool are confident they have greater flexibility in manoeuvring and replicating similar success to last season as the Reds begin their title defence in just over a months time.
Still, Liverpool do not need to panic buy, even in this scenario.
In the coming months, Liverpool will look to answer a number of questions. Is Curtis Jones capable of filling the void left by the recently departed Adam Lallana? Who will come in and cover for Dejan Lovren? What happens to Harry Wilson? Rhian Brewster? These decisions will inform their wider transfer picture.
What is certain for now is that Liverpool will not abandon their principles even following on from their recently crowned status as champions of England, Europe and the world.
It may seem a tough pill to swallow but Klopp and FSG have warranted our unwavering trust. The good times are in no worry of slowing down anytime soon.
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