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German football expert Kevin Hatchard has tipped Liverpool to be involved in the race for Jadon Sancho, per The Liverpool Echo.
What’s the story?
The Echo grilled Hatchard about the futures of Kai Havertz and Sancho in the Blood Red Podcast, and he anointed Havertz one of the most exciting prospects in Europe – Reds fans were begging to sign the German after his international display this week.
His comments on Sancho may really appeal to the Anfield faithful though, as he revealed that Borussia Dortmund know they won’t be able to hang on to the England international long-term.
He said: “Hans-Joachim Watzke, who’s the CEO, has already indicated that they don’t think they can keep Sancho in the long-term.
“So, if the money was right and Sancho was willing to come back to the Premier League I would expect Liverpool to be in that market.”
The perfect signing?
Hatchard went on to say that the difficulty for Liverpool will be convincing Sancho to join a club where he would undoubtedly begin as second-choice behind Mohamed Salah.
However, Sancho, valued at a whopping £90m by Transfermarkt, has played on both wings throughout his career, racking up no less than 55 appearances on the left and 48 on the right.
Jurgen Klopp rarely rotates his front three, but perhaps that is simply because the drop-off in quality is too big when the stakes are currently so high?
With Sancho, the Reds could comfortably compete on four fronts, knowing that they do not have to pray Xherdan Shaqiri or Divock Origi will step up to the plate every time Salah or Sadio Mane need a rest, but can instead turn to one of the most highly-rated prospects in world football – Sancho was ranked number one in NxGn’s top 50 wonderkids list.
Who would be a better signing for Liverpool?
With 18 goals and 30 assists in 66 games for Dortmund, there is no question the teenage sensation would be a big upgrade on Shaqiri and Origi, and by the time Salah and Mane hit their thirties he will be approaching his prime and ready to take up the mantle.
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