Jadon Sancho to Liverpool still remains a very heavily-discussed topic amid mutterings that Jurgen Klopp retains an interest in the player.
The Independent reported back in October, after all, that the Reds were amongst the most likely candidates to secure the 20-year-old’s signature next summer.
Now, more than ever, Liverpool will be monitoring Sancho a little closer given his sustained brilliance in the Bundesliga in recent weeks.
Dortmund may be fluttering, but Sancho is finally flying after a slow start to the 2020/21 season. He has seven goal contributions in his last seven games, four goals and three assists.
To put that into perspective, Sancho’s total alone is the more than the number of goals Liverpool have managed to score in their previous six Premier League matches.
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So, the lure of Sancho suddenly becomes more apparent with Jurgen Klopp surely intent on strengthening his attacking armoury in the summer.
Hitting his stride at the perfect time
Sancho was on the scoresheet again at the weekend as Dortmund beat Augsburg 3-1. In total, he created three chances and had three successful dribbles, causing problems for his opponents throughout.
It takes his overall total for the season to eight goals and 13 assists.
His campaign last season finished with a whopping 20 goals and 20 assists in all competitions.
How does this impact Sancho to Liverpool?
Indeed, the prospect of Liverpool actually making a move for Sancho remains an ambiguous proposition.
For one, whether or not the necessary funds to sign such an elite-level player will be made available to Klopp this summer remains to be seen.
The Athletic recently reported that Liverpool had amassed losses of up to £100 million, as a result of the ongoing global pandemic.
Still, the lure of Sancho is tempting and Liverpool could appreciate that there is long-term value to be had in a player of the Dortmund starlet’s standard.
German outlet Sport1 reported last week that Dortmund have accepted they will likely have to cash in on Sancho in the summer.
Much of Liverpool’s reported interest, though, hinges on whether any of the likes of Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane or Roberto Firmino are to be move on in the summer.
Also, if the latter were to leave then there is a more pressing case for Liverpool to sign an out-and-out striker as opposed to a winger.
This could prompt the Reds to push for Sancho’s teammate Erling Haaland as opposed to the former Manchester City talent.
Of course, Liverpool would benefit from a dream scenario of signing both players, but given the financial ramifications of the pandemic, such a prospect seems very unlikely.
Ultimately, Klopp and his staff still have to decide which areas of the squad need to be addressed at the end of the season. The lure of Sancho alone isn’t enough to warrant Liverpool investing a nine-figure sum.
Still, the 18-time England international’s form makes Sancho a player that is difficult to ignore. If Liverpool’s attacking dynamic were to change in the summer then the addition of Sancho could make a big difference next season.