Liverpool could form a dream attacking duo next season after being linked with a move for Watford winger Ismaila Sarr.
The 23-year-old first attracted the attention of Jurgen Klopp last summer, with both the Reds and Manchester United reportedly making approaches to take Sarr on loan with a view to a permanent deal, although the Hornets refused as they preferred an outright sale.
However, according to 90min.com, Liverpool are now prepared to pay up to £40m for the Senegal international, who is aware of the interest and has told the Watford hierarchy that he wants to leave.
Klopp is believed to be in the market for a new forward over the current window after seeing Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino struggle for form throughout last season.
The German could revive his interest in Sarr following a string of impressive performances from Watford’s record signing since his arrival on English shores two years ago.
During his single campaign in the Premier League back in 2019/20, he bagged five goals and provided six assists in 28 appearances, earning praise from the likes of Gary Neville, who labelled him “a big, big talent”.
Unsurprisingly, Sarr improved on those figures in the Championship last term, playing a pivotal part as Watford earned promotion back to the top flight at the first time of asking. After racking up 23 goal contributions in 2020/21, it’s easy to understand why Liverpool are reportedly contemplating making another move for the £19.8m-rated gem.
While Sarr’s Senegalese compatriot Mane may be entering the twilight years of his career, the 23-year-old Watford man has yet to reach his peak, and the prospect of the ever-prolific Mohamed Salah on the opposite flank to the speed demon is a daunting image for any defence.
The combination of pace, trickery and finishing ability which Sarr and Salah could bring has the potential to fire Liverpool back to the summit of English football, so director of football Michael Edwards must sanction a swoop for the Hornets maestro this summer.