Liverpool’s Jurgen Klopp confirmed in his Champions League pre-match press conference that he was interested in Borussia Dortmund wonderkid Jadon Sancho before he left City, so they should try again.
Prior to their 0-0 draw at home to Bayern Munich Klopp said: “We are not blind – we saw him, we liked him and then we think ‘Can we get him?’ and he then explained they couldn’t because “English clubs don’t sell to other English clubs.” (Quotes sourced via Sky Sports)
Since arriving in Germany, the 18-year-old has turned heads across Europe and this season has cemented his place in the Bundesliga leaders’ starting 11. He’s now scored seven goals and made 11 assists in 22 league games, so now he’s no longer at City there’s no reason Liverpool can’t try again for the youngster.
Despite having a ferocious front three in Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane, their depth up front is lacking with their only other two out-and-out forwards being injury-prone Daniel Sturridge and hit-and-miss Xherdan Shaqiri. If they want to challenge on all four fronts as Manchester City are doing this season, they need more than one world-class player for every position.
Although this would, of course, be tough, adding a youngster like Sancho to the ranks who won’t demand to play every minute provides Klopp with the opportunity to develop a young talent, deepen his squad and keep his main three forward players happy to. The flip side to this though is the reason why Sancho left City in the first place.
He didn’t feel he was given enough opportunities to break into the first team at the City Football Academy and effectively went on strike, not turning up for City’s 2017/18 pre-season tour and choosing to stay with his family in London. This sort of mentality should make Klopp wary, especially considering the wealth of talent already available in the positions Sancho looks to fill.
However, the ex-Dortmund manager is praised for being one of the greatest man-managers in the game, so if he can’t tame Sancho when it’s time to move to one of Europe’s top clubs, then perhaps nobody can. At the moment it certainly seems a risk worth taking, with the added factor that German teams don’t tend to demand much money for their talent.
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