Liverpool’s unrivalled success over the past two seasons is even more impressive when you consider the club’s approach in the transfer market.
Despite the Reds’ current status as English, European and world champions, thoughts were exasperated after reported target Ismaila Sarr of Watford was tipped with a £40 million asking price should Liverpool look to pursue a move.
That doesn’t seem an astronomical fee when considering the Reds’ status as champions of just about everything.
However, Liverpool’s key principles and philosophies over the last few years would indicate that such a price-tag would be deemed just too much to pay when weighing together both the plausibility and cost of the transfer.
We’ve been here before
Indeed, the method in the madness is never too far away for a club who has been the peak operator across the continent in the last 12 months yet is perhaps the most reluctant to get the chequebook out.
It’s also forgotten that even The two duh! moves made by sporting director Michael Edwards to land transformative duo Virgil van Dijk and Alisson Becker were signed from respectively modest clubs in the form of Southampton and AS Roma.
This would argue that Liverpool’s reported interest in yet another recently relegated potential asset may not be befitting of your traditional league champions but in the Reds’ case when looking at transfers Sarr would befit the perfect candidate.
Liverpool’s ability to transform relegated stars into serial winners is all-but unprecedented in the English top-flight and Jurgen Klopp potentially targeting Sarr suggests the club have an innate ability to see what others are glaringly missing.
Statistically, superstars such as Georginio Wijnaldum and Andy Robertson boasted moderately unflattering numbers when Liverpool were in the market for the now Premier League and Champions League-winning duo.
According to WhoScored, when Wijnaldum was a Newcastle United player in 2016 the Dutchman averaged a pass success rate of just 84 per cent. The 29-year-old’s most recent campaign saw his numbers increase dramatically to 90.8 per cent.
Similarly, with Hull City in 2017, Robertson contributed just two assists and averaged 0.6 key passes per game. Since joining the Reds his numbers similarly to Wijnaldum have skyrocketed following a campaign that saw the Scotsman clock up 12 assists with his key passes per game jumping to 1.7.
Liverpool’s meticulous ability to polish and tidy up key qualities with hidden gems in the market have undoubtedly been key to recent success and is why players like Sarr are unsurprisingly desperate to be the latest success story of the Reds’ ingenious approach.
‘Liverpool are a really great team, everyone would love to play there.’ Sarr recently told Senegal outlet Les Echos, via Metro, after being quizzed on a possible move to Anfield.
‘They won the Premier League this year and the Champions League last year. But also there are great teams in the English league.
‘Frankly, I have yet to make a choice. If that were to happen, I just wish they were a good team. At the moment, there are only guesses.’
Intensity, pressure and a modest mentality are all characteristics that Liverpool look for in a player and this could explain why the club tend to shop near the bottom of the market rather than the top.
Klopp and his staff look for characters who know full well what it’s like to scrap and fight for their lives for a sustained period and harnessing such qualities when placed in a team where winning is the norm rather than an objective.
Players with the ideal blend in talent and personality in underperforming teams typically come out on top at Liverpool which suggests Sarr’s desire to join the club is far from unwarranted.
It certainly makes sense why the 22-year-old has been identified as a potential target. Liverpool’s track-record in that particular field is unrivalled and the club are not about to abandon the principles that put them firmly back on their perch.
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