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Former Liverpool midfielder Dietmar Hamann has claimed there is “great interest” from Liverpool in Borussia Dortmund wonderkid Jadon Sancho.
After playing in the 2005 Champions League final with a broken foot, you may think there is nothing else ‘Didi’ Hamann could do to cement himself as a Liverpool great, but you’d be wrong.
Speaking to Sky90, via Sport Witness, the 46 year-old has revealed some extremely exciting transfer news.
“What I hear is that Liverpool has great interest. I would imagine that next summer they could become one of the biggest interested parties.”
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Just think about it. Sancho on the right, Sadio Mane on the left, Mohamed Salah up front and Roberto Firmino tucked in behind. Good luck stopping that.
Since arriving at Liverpool, Jurgen Klopp has almost exclusively deployed a 4-3-3 formation. At Dortmund however, the Reds boss usually opted for a 4-2-3-1 system, and Sancho’s arrival would surely mean a switch to that set-up.
The 19 year-old was ranked the best prospect in world football in Goal’s top 50 wonderkids list, so we highly doubt he would come to Anfield to warm the bench, and it could be perfect for the rest of the Reds’ famed front three too.
Salah’s record as a central striker is bordering on the ridiculous, scoring 25 times and adding ten assists in no less than 29 games from the position – an average of 1.2 direct goal contributions per match.
The one criticism of Firmino meanwhile is that he does not quite possess the goalscoring prowess of a truly elite centre-forward, while his versatility, pressing and creativity could be just as effective in a deeper position, so the change to a number ten could be perfect for him too.
Mane would of course keep his position, and Klopp would have a front four packed with pace, skill, flair and of course most importantly – goals.
Sancho has four goals and seven assists in 11 appearances in all competitions this season, and Hamann’s claim that the Reds are pursuing him should be music to fans’ ears.