Watford winger Ismaila Sarr was on the verge of joining Liverpool in the January transfer window before the Premier League champions balked at his £35 million price-tag, agent Thierno Seydi explained to PanAfrican Football.
At this stage, it is no secret that the Merseyside giants are big fans of a rapid winger who ripped their defence to shreds 12 months ago.
It was Sarr who inspired Watford’s famous 3-0 victory over Liverpool in February 2020; just a few months before the Hornets were relegated while Klopp was parading the Premier League trophy on the hallowed Anfield turf.
The chances of Sarr joining Liverpool looked over when Diogo Jota was snapped up from Wolverhamton Wanderers instead.
But, with Jota injured and Liverpool’s title-charge crashing and burning amid a series of insipid attacking displays, Klopp’s side renewed their interest in Sadio Mane’s Senegal international teammate during the winter window.
“With Liverpool, a few days ago, we were at the stage of signing the contract to bind the Reds to Ismaila Sarr,” explained Seydi, who suggests that the deal was nearly completed.
“Everything was done, the monthly salary and the length of the contract. I even asked Sadio Mane to find him an apartment.
“But, in the end, the English club could not put 40 million euros (£35 million) on the table to finalise this case.”
Seydi believes that the ongoing financial crisis, caused by the pandemic, was the main reason why Liverpool could not fund a deal for Sarr.
The former Rennes winger is therefore stuck in the Championship for another few months.