by Harrison Kidd (@harrisonkidd7)
Liverpool are said to be front-runners in the race to sign Ismaila Sarr from Watford. Wolves and Crystal Palace are also reportedly interested.
Watford have supposedly set a £40million price tag on the winger they signed from Ligue 1 side Rennes in 2019 for £30million.
In his first season in the Premier League, the 22-year-old Senegalese winger scored five goals and assisted four.
It is clear Liverpool are in the market for a back-up forward. Sarr would initially join as a periphery player but has the patent potential to challenge for a consistent starting berth if he kicks on. And Jurgen Klopp loves nurturing talent.
So a move for Sarr makes sense:
Sarr – an explosive winger on paper – is versatile, meaning he can operate in any of the three forward positions. Although, his main role would be to deputise for Sadio Mane who plays on the left.
The young Senegalese has a close relationship with fellow countryman Mane. He has referred to him in the past as his ‘big brother’.
If this Liverpool team wants to emulate the great teams of the 70s and 80s, they need to add more depth. Sarr would not only add depth but quality and rapid pace in behind.
And in a recent interview with Senegalese publication Sans Limites Sarr waxed lyrical about the Reds: “Liverpool are a really great team, everyone would love to play there. They won the PL this year and the CL last year…”
On a potential transfer to Merseyside: “Frankly, I have yet to make a choice. If [he were to leave] I just hope it’s to a good team.”
“I admit that there are agents who talk to me about proposals from important teams, but for the moment, I remain quiet in my corner. I continue my work and the rest, my agent and my team will take care of it. Because whatever happens, you need the backing of the club.”