According to the latest report from The Mirror, Liverpool’s interest in Watford forward Ismaila Sarr could be aided by the influence of the player’s international teammate Sadio Mane.
Sarr, 22, has become the subject of interest amongst Liverpool supporters following two impressive cameos against the Reds including his MOTM performance at Vicarage Road which culminated in two goals and an assist during Watford’s 3-0 victory against Jurgen Klopp’s team in February.
Both Mane and Sarr began their respected careers in Senegal’s Generation Foot academy before making their way to Europe.
Sarr made his way to the Premier League last season after signing from French outfit Rennes for a fee of £25 million [BBC].
Watford’s confirmed relegation to the Championship could enable Liverpool to secure the signature of the Senegalese hot-shot for a cut-price.
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According to The Watford Observer, are one of a number of clubs keen on the electric winger who will to remain in England’s top-flight following a stellar inaugural campaign.
Mane could prove influential in Liverpool landing a deal with the two international compatriots close friends off the field. Sarr even identifies the PFA Player of the Year nominee as his ‘idol’ following an interview earlier in the season.
“Sadio Mané is not only a Senegal teammate of mine but he is my inspiration and my idol,” he told Watford’s official website.
“I watch lots of videos of him to see how he does things like accelerating and dribbling, and for me he is the best player in the world. For sure, the best African player in Europe.
“When I first came to Watford he sent me some messages welcoming me to the Premier League and any piece of advice he gives me I listen to carefully.
“He has won the Champions League and I’m so pleased he will soon be winning the Premier League because he deserves this.”
Mane isn’t the only footballing influence who believes the Watford starlet is destined for greatness, Senegalese talent spotter Mady Toure, who discovered Mane, told The Guardian last year that the forward’s game reminded him of a five-time Ballon d’Or winner.
Toure said: “What I can say is that Ismaïla is a little like Cristiano Ronaldo. And Ronaldo is his idol. They have quite a similar way of playing. I said Sadio would blow up in England and I can tell you that Ismaïla will do the same.
Following the report, a section of Liverpool supporters have taken to Twitter to react to the news that the Reds could be ready to capitalise on the misfortunes of yet another recently relegated prospect.
Here are a selection of Tweets calling for the Reds to get a deal done including one who labelled Sarr as ‘exactly our type of signing’…
He's got world class potential, exactly our type of signing…
— AshleyLFC (@_AshleyG_) August 4, 2020
Agent Mane on the case 👍
— Errol Johnson (@ErrolJohnson18) August 4, 2020
He would turn into a monster under Klopp
— Asrin (@asrin_24) August 4, 2020
If Klopp wants to sign this guy then we put faith in him, get behind him and prepare for the magic.
— FowlerIsGod (@Fowler09IsGod) August 4, 2020
He’s young and will add goals to his game.
— the troubled man (@Wellington_ODOS) August 4, 2020
What ever Klopp wants
— Ranko Markovic (@ranko74) August 4, 2020