Liverpool are blessed with four truly elite attacking forwards. But the team is lacking one crucial factor at present: Goals.
In the midst of three consecutive defeats, the Reds have just two goals against the likes of Brighton, Manchester City and Leicester – both of which were scored by Mohamed Salah.
Liverpool entered the window in January but resisted the urge to add another forward despite mutterings of a reignited interest in a certain Watford attacker.
Ozan Kabak and Ben Davies both signed on deadline-day, with one still yet to make a first Reds appearance.
Besides Salah this season, Liverpool have also benefitted from the attacking impetus of Diogo Jota, who is the club’s third top-scorer.
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Unfortunately, the Portuguese forward is still nursing a knee injury and has missed Liverpool’s previous 15 matches.
The fact an injured Jota still has three more goals than Firmino sums up where we are right now.
The lack of our usual dynamic and free-flowing forward play has slowed up this season. Indeed, the crippling injury crisis has had a large effect on this.
So, it isn’t exactly surprising to learn that Liverpool reportedly tried to secure a January deal for Ismaila Sarr of Watford.
Liverpool linked with Sarr… again
Liverpool were linked with a revived interest in the Senegalese ace last month.
This comes from the player’s agent, Thierno Seydi, per PanAfrican Football.
The Athletic reported last summer that Liverpool were torn between Sarr and Jota, in regards to a viable attacking acquisition. In the end, the Reds went with the latter which temporarily put an end to links with the £40 million-rated speedster.
Still, what Sarr has, is an unpredictability in his attacking play that could be utilised by Jurgen Klopp further down the line.
Yesterday afternoon, Sarr scored twice and set up two goals for Watford during a stunning 6-0 victory over Bristol City.
Besides directly contributing to four of the Hornets’ goals, Sarr also created three chances, completed four dribbles and won three fouls for his team.
Such was the impressive nature of his performance that Sarr even secured a perfect 10/10 rating on Opta powered data site WhoScored.
The 22-year-old now has an impressive seven goals and eight assists in 25 Championship appearances this season.
Part of the problem with his performances in the Premier League he was statistically inconsistent. Right now, in the Championship, however, Sarr has seemingly turned a corner.
Indeed, there is a big difference between doing it in England’s second-tier and at the home of the English champions.
But right now, Sarr, who is a national teammate of Liverpool forward Sadio Mane, cannot really be doing anymore to showcase his quality.
And as a result, if he maintains such an impressive reign of form, there is every possibility that he could force Liverpool to reignite their interest for a third time in the summer.