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Ismaila Sarr struggling to attract Liverpool's attention again

With the craziness of the January transfer window days upon us, it represents a good opportunity to check-in on a few players who were recently considered viable options for Liverpool to explore in the market.

The likes of Erling Haaland, Jadon Sancho or Dayot Upamecano are unlikely to be attained at the half-way stretch of the season.

Another heavily-linked Liverpool target was Watford forward Ismaila Sarr.

Sarr, 22, was reported by The ECHO to be on Liverpool’s shortlist of attacking options last summer. Diogo Jota was considered the priority target and a move for Sarr failed to materialise into anything concrete.

It is claimed that Watford were demanding a fee to be in the region of £45 million to secure the 32-time Senegal international’s signature.

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He hit the headlines earlier this year after he was a central figure during Watford’s 3-0 victory over Liverpool back in February – Jurgen Klopp’s first league defeat in 13 months.

Similarly to his fellow countryman and international teammate Sadio Mane, both players came through the same academy set-up in Senegal under talent spotter, Mandy Toure, who recently tipped Sarr 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.”

Failing to attract attention

This season’s record tells a story on its own. Having made a strong start to life in the Championship, Sarr is currently undergoing a significant dry spell.

He has failed to score in any of the previous eight matches he has started for Watford, with the Hornets currently trailing league leaders Norwich by nine points.

In total, Sarr has clocked up three goals in 16 appearances this season, contributing five assists.

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With new manager Vladimir Ivic the latest man to take the reigns at Vicarage Road, Sarr’s position in the team is anything but secure at this present moment.

The former Ligue 1 star could benefit from a January move but it is unlikely that a switch to Liverpool could materialise.

Liverpool require ready-made transformative options to carry the attacking mantle once the club’s pedigreed front-three decide to pass on the baton and call up time on their Anfield legacy.

Jota, 24, has proven an immediate hit, scoring nine goals in his opening 17 Liverpool appearances. The decision to prioritise the Portugal international over Sarr looks a shrewd one.

In Sarr’s defence, it’s difficult for him to make an impact in a team that is currently struggling. Watford have won just three of their previous nine Championship matches and have scored just four goals in six.

However, that is the reason why Liverpool will not pay up for a player who has failed to kick-on since the club’s previous reported interest.

This is one move which will be off the radar of the Reds in January, and Sarr needs a big second half of the season to cause Liverpool to revisit his situation next summer.

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