Liverpool lost out on a transfer for Patson Daka this summer. The Reds’ own strategy backfired to cost them the deal.
This comes from Fabrizio Romano. He claims Liverpool wanted Patson Daka in the transfer window.
They had a strategy, however, and stuck to it. It’s one that would, unfortunately, cost them the transfer.
“Liverpool had a strategy,” said Romano. “Sell players and then eventually sign new players.
“If they had sold [Xherdan] Shaqiri or Divock Origi in the first days of June, then they had the chance to sign Patson Daka.
“They were interested but never made an official bid. Then it collapsed because of the timing of Shaqiri.
“Leicester was great on the deal and Patson Daka is one of the stars of the Premier League.”
Liverpool lost out on Patson Daka transfer
Daka instead joined Leicester City for £23m. It’s one that hurts to see, actually, as Liverpool could have really used the forward.
We’ve been saying that for a while, in fact. Daka – who’s still only 22 – had a sensational goal record for RB Salzburg and looked like the next big thing. Liverpool apparently saw that, too, but couldn’t move Shaqir or Origi on in time. But that does grate a little.
Could they not have taken a small risk on this? The chances of moving Shaqiri on were always pretty high and it feels as though Liverpool could’ve waited until after the Daka deal.
Instead, the club refused to take any kind of risk and ended up with zero additions to their attack. And that’s an attack that stuttered badly at times last season.
Origi remains the only out-and-out striker in the squad and Liverpool barely use him. Shaqiri eventually did leave but with no replacement. Having a 22-year-old Daka in the squad, constantly improving and adding a goal-threat, would have been very beneficial.
Instead, Liverpool stuck to their plan. It’s hard to see that as anything other than a backfire heading into this season.