Liverpool’s plans to sign Chelsea midfielder Mason Mount have reportedly been ruined by the sacking of Graham Potter, with the England international keen to work under Mauricio Pochettino.
According to journalist Graeme Bailey, the 24-year-old playmaker is eager to find his feed alongside the Argentine coach, who is due to be named as Chelsea’s next manager after Potter was sacked from the Blues at the start of the month.
The 47-year-old failed to get the best out of Mount in their brief spell together at Stamford Bridge, yet there is already optimism that Pochettino could be a good fit for numerous players at Chelsea, much to the dismay of Liverpool.
The Reds looked like favourites to sign Mount this summer with the Chelsea star creeping closer to the exit with each passing day. However, Liverpool look to have missed their chance with the sacking of Potter, which seems to have changed everything.
Bailey said on Potter’s sacking: “I think they [Liverpool] were hoping Graham Potter might stay for the rest of the season. That may have helped their pursuit of Mason Mount. The fact he’s gone and a new manager’s coming in, I don’t see Mason Mount leaving this summer.”
Potter sacking could have genuinely stopped Liverpool from signing Mount
It’s a stretch of a theory given just how much of a mess Chelsea have been as a whole this season, yet there could be some truth in Potter’s sacking leading to Mount staying in west London and thus rejecting a move to Liverpool this summer.
As we know, Mount is beloved at Chelsea and has been a fan favourite ever since the 2019/20 season, and under Pochettino the playmaker could find his feet again at his boyhood club and return to the form that made the midfielder such an exciting player to watch, with Liverpool left empty-handed again.