Liverpool were never going to sign Watford attacker Ismaila Sarr during last month’s transfer window, The Athletic’s Liverpool reporter James Pearce has revealed.
Sarr was linked with a move to Liverpool during last summer’s transfer window following Watford’s relegation from the Premier League, although a deal never materialised before the start of the season, but that does not seem to have stopped the links between the two from lingering.
The player’s agent recently claimed that a deal had been agreed to take Sarr to Anfield in January, but that the defending Premier League champions pulled out of the move at the last minute, because they could not afford the €40million asking price.
Now however, it appears as though that may not have been the case, with Liverpool seemingly never interest in a deal in January, despite that interest from the summer seemingly being confirmed.
Writing about those links between Sarr and Liverpool in a QandA for The Athletic, Pearce said: “I checked that out and was told that it wasn’t true. Sarr was a target last summer but not in January.”
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Indeed, it seems as though Liverpool had much bigger priorities in the market in January, and it now seems uncertain as to whether or not they will return for Sarr again, with Pearce adding: “There’s no way LFC were in the market for an attacker last month.
“It was all about CB reinforcements and the deals that got done show how money was tight. Buying an attacker for £35m/£40m in January was never considered.
“Whether LFC go back in for Sarr in the summer I don’t know. Jota was bought instead of him as LFC felt in the end he provided better value.”
So far this season, Sarr has scored seven goals and provided four assists in 25 league appearances for Watford, helping them to fourth in the current Championship table, six points adrift of the automatic promotion places.
It does seem as though Liverpool were right not to pursue Sarr during the January transfer window.
With the injuries they were suffering at centre back, that was always going to have to be the priority for them, something they eventually did address with the signings of Ozan Kabak from Schalke, and Ben Davies from Preston.
As a result, with the efforts in the market going into securing those deals, it would not have made much sense to waste time and money on another attacker.
Indeed, with Diogo Jota on hand to support the likes of Salah, Mane and Firmino, it does seem as though Liverpool are well stocked upfront, meaning they may not feel the need to make a fresh bid to sign Sarr when the window reopens in the summer.