Liverpool have received a boost in their pursuit of Watford winger Ismaila Sarr, with manager Jurgen Klopp keen to bolster the club’s forward line.
The Reds have been linked with the highly-rated 23-year-old throughout the summer after first being credited with an interest 12 months ago.
However, a move to Merseyside now looks more likely than ever for Sarr after the 34-cap Senegal international reportedly informed his current club that he wants to leave, according to TransferMarketWeb (via The Express).
The report states that Liverpool are preparing a £40m bid to secure the youngster’s services, who has also been on Manchester United’s radar.
Any move for Sarr is likely to hinge on the futures of unwanted pair Divock Origi and Xherdan Shaqiri, though. The duo are edging towards an Anfield exit, and Klopp may need to proceeds of their sales to fund a move for the Watford ace.
During his single campaign in the Premier League back in 2019/20, Sarr bagged five goals and provided six assists in 28 appearances, 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 praise the flying forward further, praising 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.”
With Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino struggling to hit top form last season and Origi and Shaqiri not up to the required standard, Klopp needs another quality addition in the final third.
The likes of Manchester City and Chelsea have a plethora of options at the top end of the pitch, and if Liverpool are going to beat them to the Premier League title, their German tactician will require greater strength in depth.