Liverpool might have to spend this season weighing up a difficult Jadon Sancho choice. That is, who does he replace next year?
So the Independent have claimed that Liverpool can start planning for Jadon Sancho. That’s not to say they’ll get him, of course, but the outlet believes the opportunity is there.
Liverpool got what they needed, then, as Sancho stays with Borussia Dortmund for another year. As we wrote yesterday, that lines up wonderfully well with the Reds.
Feeling their age
Liverpool’s front-three are all 28 and will hit 29 by the season’s end. That means the club have to start thinking about replacing them – they can’t last forever, after all.
And next year is the best time to begin that process. You don’t want to do it all at once and one player per year makes the most sense. Wait three years, for instance, and you’re spending an awful lot of money to sign three superstars. You’ll probably also get two sub-par years out of ageing players.
So next summer makes the most sense to begin. And Sancho is about as perfect a player to sign – he’s young, he’s a direct winger, and he can score and assist. And, of course, he’s one of the brightest young talents on the planet – hence the £108m price-tag.
But this comes with a difficult decision.
Sancho will want a leading role at his next club – he’s certainly earned that. Thus he isn’t joining a club where he’ll sit on the bench. If Liverpool want him, they’ll have to move on a superstar.
And if we’re talking wingers, we’re talking Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah. Liverpool will almost certainly have to sell one of them to sign Sancho.
But which one? Sancho can play on either side, so Liverpool aren’t limited. It’s up to them, really. But both Mane and Salah are elite players and both are fundamental parts of this team.
So the next year will see Liverpool think about their choice ahead of potentially moving for Sancho. It may well simply come down to who commands the highest fee.