Opinion: Liverpool move closer to Premier League title with Ismaila Sarr


Opinion: Liverpool move closer to Premier League title with Ismaila Sarr

Liverpool can push towards the Premier League title by signing Ismaila Sarr. Reports claim they want the 23-year-old.

Ismaila Sarr is back in the Premier League next season but will it be with Liverpool? It seems there’s a chance of it happening, at least.

90min claims Liverpool are readying a £40m offer for Sarr. No, it’s not the world’s strongest source but it’s something that makes sense.

The Athletic reported two months ago that Watford could sell Sarr. Not because they’re actively looking to but they’re ‘realistic’ about keeping him. The right offer would trigger a sale.

And Liverpool will almost certainly watch the situation. The Liverpool Echo claimed last year that Sarr was an alternative to Diogo Jota as the Reds chased a new forward.

One year on, we believe there’s room for both. In fact, bringing in Sarr would push Liverpool towards another Premier League title.

Ismaila Sarr back in the Premier League

Sarr dropped down to the Championship last season but continued his progression into a very exciting prospect. Now 23, he scored 13 goals and assisted four as Watford earned promotion.

He’s proving himself to be a dangerous winger, regularly creating chances and running at players. Both are traits that suit Liverpool well – hence their interest last year.

And with more experience behind him, Sarr is an even greater prospect. He’s someone we think Liverpool could potentially turn into a star – but that’s just the long-term.

Short-term, Sarr would make Liverpool more dangerous from game to game. He’s someone who fits in immediately, given Jurgen Klopp wants wingers who can attack space in behind from wide positions.

But importantly, Sarr has the versatility to make things work. He picks up both goals and assists from those areas, which is something Liverpool look for.

All of their current forwards are creative both in terms of scoring and creating. They all thrive off of it, knowing they’ll get as good as they give. Sarr would only add to that.

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And he’d almost certainly do it from the bench. Liverpool don’t currently have a substitution threat who offers both goals and assists. Not unless one of the four stars don’t start.

So Sarr would increase Klopp’s options. Maybe that’s as simple as allowing for two dangerous substitutions. But perhaps it could also mean shifting the side around.

Liverpool could use Sarr as a threat from the right – his natural role – and move Mohamed Salah centrally. Maybe he can do that while using Roberto Firmino or Sadio Mane from the bench some weeks.

Maybe Klopp could play a 4-2-4 some weeks and still have a decent forward in reserve. Perhaps he even moulds Sarr into a new role, seeing as a left or centre-forward.

Flexibility in the forward roles is something Klopp hasn’t really had at Liverpool. Sarr undoubtedly brings more of that, though, and as a result, makes the entire team more dangerous.

He’s a great fit for what Liverpool want and almost certainly a step in the direction of the Premier League title.

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