Liverpool were heavily linked with a move to sign Patson Daka but the chance to sign him passed by as Leicester City snapped him up.
The Foxes paid just £23million for the Zambian and, while he remains Jamie Vardy’s Premier League understudy, he is making waves in the Europa League every time he starts.
The former RB Salzburg hitman has just one goal and one assist in the league, albeit from 104 minutes. But it is in Europe that he’s showing Brendan Rodgers is a fool for benching him in England.
Five starts, five goals and a strike rate of a goal every 79.8 minutes is stunning and follows on from his unbelievable record in Austria, which saw him score 34 goals and grab 12 assists last season.
It was claimed in the summer that the 23-year-old was on his way to Anfield but the deal never materialised.
Reliable Italian journalist Fabrizio Romano reported that the reason Daka was not signed by Liverpool is that they failed to sell Xherdan Shaqiri in time.
He said: “If they sold Shaqiri or Origi in the first days of June they had a chance to sign Patson Daka because they were interested in Patson Daka. They never made an official bid but they had an interest in this striker from Salzburg.”
Divock Origi is in decent form and has scored a handful of goals, but he isn’t anywhere near as prolific as Daka is this season and in the past as well. But Liverpool can’t complain now.
They failed to act decisively in the summer, and now they must watch on as Daka’s value soars over the next few years. The £23million Leicester paid could look like a bargain if he can reproduce his Europa League form in the Premier League.