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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.

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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. 

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“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.

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