So far this transfer window, Liverpool have made just one solitary addition in the form of left-back Kostas Tsimikas who joined the Reds from Olympiacos last month.
Despite limited dealings, Jurgen Klopp and his team have persistently been linked with an array of options to bolster the squad and improve the club’s chances of retaining their Premier League crown.
According to the Telegraph, Liverpool could still end this transfer window with two major signings if financial ramifications regarding the current economic condition were to alter significantly.
One player who has been touted as a potential signing is none other than Senegalese ace Ismaila Sarr after reports indicate Liverpool could close a deal before the end of the transfer deadline next month.
Reputable journalist Chris Bascombe of the Telegraph reported that it was still possible for Liverpool to end the window having signed both of the most heavily linked players this window in the form of Sarr and Thiago Alcantara if the economic climate financially permits both deals to go through.
Thiago, 29, recently entered the final year of his Bayern Munich contract and his future remains uncertain after negotiations regarding a contract extension broke down earlier this summer.
Meanwhile, Sarr is currently contracted at Vicarage Road until 2024 and currently has an asking price in the region of £40 million according to The Evening Standard.
Sarr certainly would be a signing to get supporters excited. The same talent spotter Mandy Toure who discovered the winger’s international compatriot Sadio Mane recently tipped the Watford speedster 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.”
What RTK has to say
Bascombe is certainly right to say that both Thiago and Sarr would hand the Reds a much-needed boost given that both players would add cover in areas of the squad that are currently in most need of cover.
The goalkeeper, back-four and front-three predominatley pick themselves meaning the most competitive area of the team lies in the midfield.
Georginio Wijnaldum’s unresolved contractual situation has fuelled speculation that a deal for Thiago can eventually be agreed before the conclusion of the window who would enable Liverpool to maintain their relentless passing tempo in matches as well as the ability to continually dominate possession.
As for Sarr, the Watford forward would initially go in as a back-up for Liverpool’s pedigreed forward trident but his arrival could become of the utmost importance to the Reds given the upcoming 2020/21 campaign is expected to be the most heavily congested and energy-sapping season to date.
With this in mind, if an injury were to strike any of Mohamed Salah, Mane or Roberto Firmino then it is the calibre of setback that has the ability to completely derail Liverpool’s title credentials.
Signing Sarr would effectively eliminate this concern and at just 22, it would put the highly-rated in the perfect environment to progress his development alongside the best forward line in world football.
What should be taken from this report above all else, however, is that both signings are financially permitted and hinge on external factors in the economy as the ongoing conundrum for Liverpool is whether the club is able to maintain an forward-thinking approach in the market when financial ramifications are still very much unknown.
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