Tony Cascarino has claimed that Ismaila Sarr ‘fits’ into the way Liverpool and Jurgen Klopp want to play, as he told talkSPORT (19/09/21 at 7:15 am).
The former striker thinks Sarr is ‘a bit like Mane’ – his fellow countryman – and that the Watford and Senegal speedster is a ‘real talent’.
Sarr was touted to move to Liverpool in the summer, as reported by 90 min.
But those in the Merseyside boardroom didn’t follow their Premier League title rivals in going transfer-crazy, or the rest of the footballing world for that matter.
Over the weekend, Sarr netted a brace during a crucial 3-1 win for the Hornets against their fellow promoted side, Norwich City.
Given Sarr’s profile, Cascarino thinks he is a player that is suited to the way Klopp wants to play at Anfield.
“I think the boy at Watford would be a great candidate to come to Anfield in Sarr,” said Cascarino. “I think Ismailia Sarr is a real talent.
“I know he got a brace (v Norwich). But I watched him ruin Liverpool’s back four when Watford beat Liverpool 3-0 (during their title-winning season).
“He’s a bit like Mane, a livewire. Just everywhere and so quick. He fits into the way Jurgen wants to play.”
Sarr will be remembered for ending Liverpool’s unbeaten run in the Premier League during their title-winning season.
Sarr isn’t a box-office name like Kylian Mpbappe or Jadon Sancho, before he moved to Old Trafford.
But that’s perfect because Klopp has always pushed for talent that has previously struggled at the higher level – Mo Salah at Chelsea.
Or raw talent that the so-called bigger teams wouldn’t be willing to push the boat out for – Mane at Southampton, or even Diogo Jota at Wolves.
Even with Mane, Roberto Firmino, Jota and Salah, Liverpool fans still felt that an extra body was needed in the final third this summer.
And someone like Sarr has the ball-carrying ability, speed and goalscoring threat from out wide that can be polished by those at Anfield.