Liverpool could enter the transfer market for Ismaila Sarr, according to reports. Here are three Reds who could force them to reconsider, however.
The Liverpool Echo claims Liverpool want Sarr and could look for a transfer this summer. The forward went down with Watford this season, presumably making him relatively available.
The Hornets paid around £25m for Sarr last year and presumably, they’d want similar in return. But can and will Liverpool pay that? If they’re at all on the fence, there are three players already at the club who can stop the move.
If Origi had performed well last season, Liverpool may not be considering a forward at all. As it is, Origi just struggled badly over the campaign. His goal against Newcastle United on the final day was his first of 2020 – he simply wasn’t providing goals.
In fact, his last assist came in January, highlighting that Origi couldn’t provide anything as an alternative to the usual front-three.
But Origi is a player with talent. We’ve seen it before and his ability to provide important goals is huge. If he can show over pre-season that he’s on it, Liverpool will think twice about any £25m moves for forwards. Origi is versatile enough to cover both striker and the left-wing, after all.
Wilson spent last season with Bournemouth, scoring seven times in his debut Premier League season. Now, usually, that would be enough to suggest he can play a part at Liverpool. But the 23-year-old couldn’t get in the Cherries’ side towards the end of the campaign.
Wilson never played more than 45 minutes after the restart – a poor sign, considering Bournemouth were battling relegation. But those seven goals from the wing are promising.
If Wilson can impress over pre-season, Liverpool may give him a chance. He’s capable of delivering goals, after all, and that’s something the squad lacks from the bench.
And at a time where they may not get the money they want for him, keeping Wilson around might be the most money-savvy option.
Elliott is still only 17 but he’s got a few senior games under his belt now. We firmly expect more to come over the 2020/21 season and they could come fast if he impresses in pre-season.
Elliott is the big question mark over any transfer for Sarr as Liverpool won’t want to block his progress. If he’s ready at 17, he’s got the natural ability to be a squad option. Sarr, at 22, would prove a roadblock for Elliott’s very promising career.
Thus Sarr would cost more than he seems if he also hampers Elliott. Now, that can change if Liverpool don’t see the teenager’s future on the right-wing or if they think it’ll still be a few years.
But if Elliott proves he’s ready now, then Sarr becomes a deal we don’t see happening.