Liverpool’s reported interest in Watford forward Ismaila Sarr is exactly the kind of transfer news that should have supporters excited.
The-22-year-old represents a realistic and appropriate attacking acquisition to improve the club’s forward firepower next season.
Also, Liverpool have been here before when it comes to signing players from relegated clubs following successes with the likes of Georginio Wijnaldum, Andy Robertson and Xherdan Shaqiri.
The challenge for Jurgen Klopp this summer has been looking to improve a title-winning squad on a budget following the implications of the ongoing global pandemic.
Liverpool aren’t expected to spend eye-watering figures on key-personnel unless money becomes available through player outgoings, which at this stage seems increasingly unlikely.
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It is unrealistic for Liverpool to look at ready-made options to go straight into Klopp’s starting XI next season as a team that registered 99 points in the Premier League last season is practically impossible to improve.
The reality is that Liverpool and Klopp will look for options that enable greater squad depth and protection in key areas of the team.
This was vindicated in today’s report from The Independent that suggested that Liverpool were in ‘advanced negotiations’ for Norwich City left-back Jamal Lewis who could be secured for a bargain £10 million as cover for Robertson.
Sarr – like Lewis – is currently looking for another club following Watford’s relegation to the Championship last month and could be utilised to Liverpool’s benefit.
Indeed, it is unlikely that Sarr would be a regular starter for Liverpool next season yet similarly to Lewis time will be on the player’s side.
Watford were able to coup Sarr from French outfit Rennes for £25 million fee [BBC] which Liverpool will look to significantly reduce following the Hornets’ confirmation to the Championship.
Potential formation change
Sarr would represent a much-needed attacking boost to Klopp’s current forward options. With Xherdan Shaqiri reportedly set to leave the Reds this summer, only Divock Origi, Takumi Minamino and Harvey Elliott would be left as cover for Liverpool’s irreplaceable attacking trident.
The Senegalese ace could also offer Klopp options in terms of a tactical change similarly to the 2018/19 season.
Shaqiri’s arrival two years afo showcased that Liverpool can indeed alter the formation to improve attacking options after the Reds utilised a 4-2-3-1 system on numerous occasions.
This could be replicated once again and could see Mohamed Salah deployed as a central attacking option if Klopp wanted to change things up and offer an alternative attacking dynamic next season.
Also, Sarr would effectively have the opportunity to learn first-hand from two of the best players in his position currently on the globe including his international teammate Sadio Mane.
Both Mane and Salah are 28 and are in the peak years of their careers, yet Liverpool signing Sarr would rule out complacency and showcase that the club are welcoming opportunities to improve.
Klopp’s contract with Liverpool is due to expire in 2024 so the German manager looking for options that can be developed well beyond his Anfield tenure would make perfect sense and represent why Sarr should be a top priority this summer.
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