Jadon Sancho was recently the most coveted and in-demand transfer target from the Bundesliga during the previous summer window.
Having spent the best part of three months linked with some of Europe’s biggest clubs, the 20-year-old wonderkid inevitably decided to remain with Borussia Dortmund.
One of the reasons why a move never materialised from Liverpool’s perspective undoubtedly will have contributed to the eye-watering £108 million price-tag set by Dortmund.
Liverpool could not justify spending a nine-figure sum in a position they were already sufficiently strong in especially when the club were able to find a viable yet cheaper option in the form of Diogo Jota.
Given the club’s self sustained transfer model, the likelihood come January or next summer is that Liverpool will look for other hidden gems for a moderately cheaper price-tag.
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One player who was linked in the summer as a potential attacking target for Jurgen Klopp was Bayer Leverkusen’s Leon Baily.
Sky Sports linked Liverpool with a £30 million move in July, with the Jamaica international reportedly keen on the prospect of a transfer to the Premier League.
Statistically very impressive
Bailey’s form last season saw him score six goals and register three assists. For a player still learning his trade and perfecting his craft, inevitably there was to be a sense of inconsistency in the forward’s performances and it was understandable why Liverpool didn’t jump the gun to land his signature.
With that said, he is only 23-years-old and already he has begun the 2020/21 campaign in scintillating style. He has almost out performed his figures for last season already.
So far, Bailey has clocked up three goals and has provided four assists.
Having played all of his matches on the right wing this season is something that could be in the immediate interest of Klopp when you consider his current options at Liverpool.
New signing Jota typically prefers to be deployed on the left, as does Sadio Mane. Meanwhile Mohamed Salah has taken a more central role this season meaning another addition on the right could be in Liverpool’s immediate interests.
Bailey’s positional switch came as a result of Kai Havertz’s departure to Chelsea earlier in the summer. The Bundesliga website has compared his performances on the right wing to former Bayern Munich superstar Arjen Robben.
Bailey is still young and would fit Liverpool’s key core values in the transfer market when it comes to plausibility and price. He is the same age as Jota and is significantly younger than the pedigreed front-three.
His versatility to play in numerous positions across the front-line coupled by his £30 million price-tag perfectly reflects the qualities of a typical Klopp player and it wouldn’t be surprising if Liverpool were to register an interest in the coming months.
If Bailey can maintain his impressive form for the remainder of the 2020/21 campaign, then he could seriously throw himself into the mix as a viable attacking target for the Reds.