Emile Heskey believes ‘electrifying’ Watford winger Ismaila Sarr could give Liverpool something different if completes a move to the Premier League champions, speaking exclusively to HITC.
Well, that’s one way to put your client back in the headlines.
Sarr’s agent, Thierno Seydi, dropped one hell of a bombshell last week, claiming that Watford’s jet-heeled winger was on the verge of sealing a shock move to Anfield during the January transfer window (PanAfrican Football).
Seydi even suggested that Sadio Mane was supposed to take his fellow Senegal international house-hunting around Merseyside.
That was before Liverpool baulked at the £35 million fee Watford wanted for their record signing, however.
It remains to be seen whether Jurgen Klopp’s side will make a new approach for Sarr in the summer but, with their usually-fearsome attack looking devoid of energy and invention during a dismal run of form, Liverpool may have little choice but to freshen up their squad in order to keep the pace with a rejuvenated Manchester City.
“Everyone remembers, from the spell he had in the Premier League, that he’s exciting. He’s electrifying,” former Anfield favourite Heskey says of a man who scored two iconic goals in Watford’s 3-0 thrashing of Liverpool 12 months ago.
“A very, very strong, powerful, quick winger. Everyone loves that because you can suddenly spring from defence to attack and catch people out – and they’re the kind of people you need.”
“If you’re talking about Liverpool, they need players as back-ups. I’m not saying (Sarr) can’t force his way into the team but, when you look at Man City’s bench as opposed to Liverpool’s, you see the difference in quality.”
A right-footed winger who plays on the right-hand side, Sarr offers a different kind of threat compared to the likes of Mo Salah and Sadio Mane, who have made a career out of cutting inside and wreaking havoc in central areas.
Interestingly, Sarr is not the only old-school, chalk-booted winger on Klopp’s radar. Sport claimed last month that Wolves dynamo Adama Traore is also a target.
“You’re always looking at something different, especially when you look at Adama Traore. Look at the crosses he gets in, Raul Jimenez was flying, scoring those headers. I think he’s another phenomenal player, just give him the right balls and he’ll create all sorts of havoc,” Heskey adds.
“Sometimes it’s just something different and to cause defenders more pain, going down the outside rather than coming into traffic all the time.”