Manchester United have reportedly bid for Ismaila Sarr – only be knocked back. It’s a bid that reflects wonderfully well on Liverpool.
The Manchester Evening News reports that Manchester United offered a loan for Ismaila Sarr on deadline day. They’d have then had the option to buy the player from Watford for £25m.
Any Liverpool fan who reads that will not be surprised in the slightest that Watford rejected the offer. Because this is a move that should interest every Red.
It reflects really well on Liverpool, after all.
Liverpool wanted Sarr. Or, at least according to reports, they considered Sarr. Considered him for some time, in fact, alongside two other targets.
The Liverpool Echo says the Reds had a three-man shortlist to boost their attack. There was Sarr, there was Canadian striker Jonathan David, and there was Diogo Jota.
Liverpool obviously went for Jota. They got the player for around £41m, per the BBC, and thus no longer needed Sarr. Although, it is worth saying that we wouldn’t entirely rule out a move, in our opinion.
But the point is, Liverpool considered Sarr, too. Now, they decided not to move for him and again, that’s kind of the point. Liverpool weighed up their options, decided where the best deal was, and got it done with weeks to spare.
What they didn’t do, was make an offer for a player that was way below the reported asking price (£40m+, per that Echo article). They also didn’t make the offer as a loan move with an option to buy under the asking price.
In fact, you’d be absolutely astonished to hear that Liverpool operated that way.
And this is the difference and why Liverpool are the champions. They do their transfer business in the best possible way, figuring out what they need and getting the right deals done.
That professionalism has led to a squad that meshes together perfectly and gives Jurgen Klopp everything he wants and needs. United, on the other hand, don’t seem to grasp that.
And if they don’t grasp it anytime soon, Liverpool will continue to pull away from their old rivals.