Ismaila Sarr: Adequate Cover for the ‘Front Three’?

Ritchie Slack
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by Ritchie Slack (@Slack_9)

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The speedy Senegalese winger, 22, has recently been linked with a move to Liverpool (for a rumoured fee in the region of £30million). So is this the man to provide Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino with top competition for their starting berths?

Ismaila Sarr is young, so is blessed with time. Jurgen Klopp, conversely, prides himself on his ability to nurture talent – Sarr has bundles of it. He certainly impressed Klopp in Watford’s 3-0 triumph over the Reds at Vicarage Road by scoring two goals and registering one assist.

His display – a MOTM display – topped off a miserable evening for Liverpool who suffered their first loss of the season. Indeed, Sarr will have plenty of suitors, especially as the Hornets failed to avoid relegation.

Better than what we already have?

Sarr scored a total of five goals and registered six assists in 28 appearances. Sarr is an out-and-out right-winger but can also ply his trade on the left side and through the middle. On paper, and stylistically, the former Stade Rennais ticks all the boxes.

But the question on everybody’s lips will be this: is Ismaila Sarr a better ‘peripheral’ attacking option than what we currently have? The answer is, well, potentially…

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Waiting in the wings at Liverpool are Divock Origi, Xherdan Shaqiri, Harvey Elliot and Rhian Brewster.

There is no doubting his discernible talent and palpable pace, rough perhaps around the edges, but there was a certain Sadio Mane who was described in the same vein by some fans and pundits before Klopp deployed his methods and worked his magic on what is now one of our most invaluable players. It certainly would offer Liverpool fans an opportunity to salivate at another prospect who could flourish under Klopp’s tutelage.

Signed by Watford in the summer of 2019 for a fee of £27million, the relegated Watford team will want to recoup most (if not more) of what they paid for him; certainly too good for the championship, is Sarr destined for a move to Merseyside? Comment below…

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