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Liverpool 'definitely' looking at Ismaila Sarr, claims Paul Gorst

Watford forward Ismaila Sarr has been confirmed as a genuine Liverpool target following a report from Paul Gorst of the Liverpool ECHO.

WATFORD, ENGLAND – FEBRUARY 29: Ismaila Sarr of Watford runs with the ball during the Premier League match between Watford FC and Liverpool FC at Vicarage Road on February 29, 2020 in Watford, United Kingdom. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

However, whether Jurgen Klopp’s reported interest turns into a formal bid remains to be seen in the current economic climate.

Gorst confirms Sarr is the right type of profile to befit that of Liverpool as well as a high ceiling to take his game to the next level given his young age.

According to reports from The Evening Standard, if Liverpool were to make their reported interest concrete, it will take a bid in the region of £40 million to get Watford’s attention.

The 22-year-old speedster cost Watford £30m from Rennes last summer and there is a belief that the player’s value has only increased following an inaugural campaign in England, while the club are in a position of strength contractually as the Senegal international has four years left on his current deal.

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LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND – DECEMBER 14: Sadio Mane of Liverpool in action with Ismaila Sarr of Watford during the Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Watford FC at Anfield on December 14, 2019 in Liverpool, United Kingdom. (Photo by Chris Brunskill/Fantasista/Getty Images)

 

It is claimed that Sarr himself would be keen on a move to Anfield given it would allow him to link up with his compatriot and footballing hero Sadio Mane.

“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.

Both players came through the same academy set-up in Senegal and the talent spotter, Mandy Toure, who spotted Mane also tipped Sarr for greatness during an interview with The Guardian.

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.

“He will even win a Ballon d’Or too. He is fast, powerful and now that he has his bearings … and it’s only his first season, you will see how he gets better and progresses. I think he is well set to become one of the best players in England and the world.”

The Red’s meticulous ability to polish and tidy up key qualities with hidden gems in the market have undoubtedly been key to recent success and Gorst of The Echo believes Sarr fits the profile of a traditional Klopp and Liverpool target.

Speaking during a Q&A for the ECHO, Gorst said: “Ismaila Sarr I was told recently is definitely someone being looked at.

“Whether that turns into a formal bid remains to be seen but Liverpool like him. He’s the right sort of profile and has a high ceiling to improve. They could also take advantage of Watford’s relegation too.”

WATFORD, ENGLAND – FEBRUARY 29: Ismaila Sarr of Watford breaks past Virgil van Dijk of Liverpool to score his team’s second goal during the Premier League match between Watford FC and Liverpool FC at Vicarage Road on February 29, 2020 in Watford, United Kingdom. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

What RTK has to say

Liverpool have stressed throughout the ongoing pandemic that spending big without the certainty of funds just isn’t viable at this moment in time. The club’s recent purchase of Kostas Tsimikas is testament to that notion as the Greek left-back was only bought following the £10.9 million sale of Dejan Lovren to Zenit St Petersburg.

This would suggest that the English champions will only move in for Sarr if funds are made available through potential club outgoings.

Harry Wilson and Marko Grujic have both been recently tipped with permanent exits after it was reported that Liverpool had no interest regarding the prospect of another loan deal for the pair.

According to The Mirror, Liverpool currently value both players at £20 million each which if successfully sanctioned could open the possibility of the club moving in for Sarr.

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