This article forms part of our Transfer Scenario feature, which is where Football Transfer Tavern takes a look at a recent transfer rumour and suggests what the potential consequences would be, should a deal be completed.
Last month, Bleacher Report published an article identifying the top transfer targets of several Premier League clubs in 2020, with writer Dean Jones tipping Liverpool to make some marquee purchases in the coming months.
He named Borussia Dortmund and England winger Jadon Sancho as “exactly who Liverpool are looking at in 2020”, adding that the Reds are at a stage where “only players with very special talent can make any difference to their lineup”. [via Bleacher Report]
The possibility of the 19-year-old following Jurgen Klopp in swapping Borussia Dortmund for Liverpool appears to have strengthened in recent days, with Norwegian pundit and former Premier League player Jan Aage Fjortoft tweeting (via @JanAageFjortoft) that the Reds are favourites to land the teenager, who he claims wants to leave Signal Iduna Park in January.
From a very good source in Germany:
Klopp and Liverpool favorite to get Dortmund-player Sancho.
Sancho wants to leave the club already in January
— Jan Aage Fjortoft 🏳️🌈 🇳🇴 (@JanAageFjortoft) December 2, 2019
According to The Telegraph, Klopp tried to sign Sancho back in 2017 when the youngster was with Manchester City, who blocked the move because they didn’t want to sell him to a Premier League rival, while the Liverpool manager hailed the winger as “an exceptional talent” after the Reds met Borussia Dortmund in a pre-season friendly in 2018.
If Liverpool are to bring the £90m-rated England star (as per TransferMarkt) to Anfield, how may it affect their line-up and some of the other players on their books? We look at some of the potential consequences below.
Serious competition for Mohamed Salah
Sancho has struck seven goals and nine assists in 1,473 minutes across 19 games for Borussia Dortmund this season, an average of one goal per 210.43 minutes and an assist every 163.67 minutes.
Mohamed Salah, who plays in the same right winger role for Liverpool, has nine goals and five assists in 1,675 over 19 matches for the Reds this term, which works out at one goal per 186.11 minutes and an assist every 335 minutes.
While the Egyptian has the better scoring ratio, the England youngster has set up goals with far greater regularity and also trounces Salah’s passing success rate (84% to 76.1%), so the arrival of the 19-year-old would likely instigate some fierce competition for the right winger berth in Klopp’s line-up.
A hindrance to Harry Wilson’s Anfield hopes
Liverpool loaned out another right winger in Harry Wilson to Bournemouth at the start of the season and the 22-year-old Wales international is making the most of his time with the Cherries.
His double against Tottenham took him to six Premier League goals in 16 games this term, and with 894 minutes played in the top flight, his ratio of one goal every 149 minutes is much better than Sancho’s.
However, Wilson has still made just one competitive appearance for the Reds and, with Sancho potentially costing a nine-figure transfer fee, Klopp is unlikely to leave him warming the bench. That could greatly complicate Wilson’s chances of establishing himself at Anfield, despite his fine form in the Premier League for Bournemouth.
A likely exit for Xherdan Shaqiri
At the moment, Salah’s main competition for his place at Liverpool is Xherdan Shaqiri, who despite scoring on his return from injury against Everton last night has only started one game all season and hadn’t found the net for almost a whole year prior to his goal against the Toffees.
Galatasaray have shown an interest in taking him on loan in January, according to Turkish outlet Gunes [via Sport Witness], while the Swiss winger has reportedly told friends that he is open to leaving Anfield, as per Football Insider.
Shaqiri needs to rediscover the form that saw him score four goals in as many games last December and, if Sancho pitches up on Merseyside, it would be hard to see the 28-year-old Switzerland international getting any bit of a look-in for the Reds, which could increase the probability of him seeking pastures new.
Liverpool fans, would you like to see Sancho arriving at Anfield in 2020? Do you think he would start ahead of Salah and would his arrival see Wilson and Shaqiri moving on from the club? Share your views in the comments section below!
Click here to comment on this articleor
Give us feedback on your Football Transfer Tavern experience