Why is Jadon Sancho doing very little to force Liverpool's hand next summer?
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Why is Jadon Sancho doing very little to force Liverpool's hand next summer?

Jadon Sancho has remained one of Liverpool’s highest-profile transfer targets for some time now.

The Independent recently reported that Manchester United’s failed attempts to lure the England international to Old Trafford have allowed Liverpool the opportunity to swoop next summer.

Dortmund wanted a fee of £108 million for Sancho – which United deemed too excessive and refused to meet Dortmund’s asking price.

With the season well underway now, we take a look at Sancho’s form to see how it could effect Liverpool’s decision making in regards to a potential move in a few months time.

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Struggling Sancho

In nine matches this season, Sancho has scored two goals and provided three assists. One of these goals came against lower league opposition in the German Cup.

This isn’t exactly the devastating showcase of form that justifies Sancho’s club-side demanding a nine-figure sum who is certainly capable of a lot more.

Eurosport recently alluded to Sancho’s struggles, describing the 20-year-old’s as experiencing a ‘lull in form’.

In Dortmund’s recent match against Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich, Sancho was substituted off after 68 minutes after failing to register any kind of an impact during the 3-2 defeat.

For a player who only a couple of months ago was valued at £108 million, the return of Sancho so far has been disapointing.

It is also worth considering that Sancho also failed to score or assist in any of Dortmund’s final five matches of the 2019/20 campaign – it really paints the picture of a player who is desperately underperforming.

Some of his problems can certainly be attributed to the transfer distraction and constant media speculation that have persistently followed Sancho over the summer.

As of right now, however, Sancho’s performances are doing little to force Liverpool’s hand in making the former Manchester City star as a top-priority in the transfer window next summer.

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Can this still change?

Of course it can. A player of Sancho’s quality doesn’t just fade into nothing overnight. He is just experiencing a sustained lull that will require a goal or an assist to inject some confidence back into his game.

Liverpool’s pedigreed front three isn’t getting any younger, and all will be 29 come the end of the season.

Summer signing Diogo Jota has already showcased that Liverpool are beginning to integrate younger and more long-term options into Jurgen Klopp’s attacking system.

A player of Sancho’s quality will certainly be welcomed next summer, especially if he is to rediscover the quality of last season.

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