Liverpool are reportedly lining up a potential move for Watford winger Ismaila Sarr in the final few days of the current window.
According to the Liverpool Echo, the Reds have identified the highly-rated 23-year-old as an ideal replacement for Divock Origi should the unwanted forward depart Merseyside this summer.
The Belgium international has been heavily linked with an Anfield in recent weeks after being deemed surplus to requirements by Jurgen Klopp and could follow Xherdan Shaqiri in waving goodbye to the 19-time English champions.
The Swiss winger has joined Ligue 1 outfit Lyon in a £9.5m move, and Sarr could prove to be the ideal heir for the diminutive attacker.
Liverpool were first credited with an interest in the Senegal international 12 months ago following Watford’s relegation to the Championship after he impressed during his only full top-flight campaign for the Hornets.
Sarr bagged five goals and provided six assists in 28 appearances during the 2019/20 campaign, earning praise from the likes of Gary Neville, who labelled him “special” following a scintillating performance against West Ham United.
The Sky Sports pundit went on to further praise the quick, skilful forward, lauding his natural assets – intelligence with the ball at his feet and decision making.
“He’s a big, big talent, honestly he really is,” the former Manchester United full-back said.
On what makes Sarr so good, Neville continued: ‘I always think, particularly as a wide player, what would I have not wanted to have played against? The first thing is pace.
“And then you’ve got to think about, can he use his pace? Well, yes, he can, because he makes really good quality runs: the spin in behind, straight, but also the run inside in between full-back and centre-back – which I always think is the most difficult to mark.”
Unsurprisingly, Sarr improved his output in the Championship last term, playing a pivotal part as Watford earned promotion back to the top flight at the first time of asking.