In all the excitement of the new season, Liverpool fans are dangerously close to forgetting what we all really know: transfers. Fortunately, Ismaïla Sarr was there to give a reminder. The winger has been linked with a lot in the past with a move to Anfield and he shone when Watford made a victorious start to life in the Premier League.

There is a lot to recommend Sarr Liverpool. He definitely has the pace to blend in seamlessly with Jürgen Klopp’s attack and he knows how to use the ball when it gets into dangerous areas. He’s mostly used as a right-footed right-winger, which isn’t ideal for Klopp’s system, but he also has a reasonable history as a left-winger and center-forward. This versatility is a great advantage – and one should not forget that Sadio Mané, Sarr’s compatriot, also came to Liverpool as a right winger.

Watford used Sarr on the right against Aston Villa but there was still much to be seen from a Liverpool perspective. Above all, his one-on-one ability was visible to everyone: Matt Targett had a special close-up and was eliminated at halftime after a glowing 45 minutes. The Dean Smith move also allowed for a tactical change, but it is no accident that Targett was the one who was sacrificed. Sarr let him run in rags and kept beating him for pace and skill.

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In addition, the Senegalese international had the final product when he reached the positions of maximum chance. The template for the opening goal is not officially attributed to him as new signing Emmanuel Dennis took two bites of the cherry before wasting the chance, but the withdrawal made the breakthrough possible. Klopp isn’t looking for someone to make it to the byline and then blindly cross it: Sarr has a head that can keep up with his feet, no small feat.

If he was unlucky not to get the assist, Sarr might have been a little lucky to get into the scorers list himself. After finding his way back through Targett, it looked like Emiliano Martínez would do his best. However, a vicious diversion lifted him over the Argentine stopper and into the back of the net. Nevertheless, it is no less than his performance deserves: 10 ball touches in the penalty area and four chances created made a very productive afternoon on Vicarage Road, especially against opponents who many have predicted for a placement in the top half.

Liverpool still have time to do something in the transfer market and Sarr put his name back on the radar at an opportune time. Covering the first three will be high on the priority list; The fact that the man from Watford will also go to the African Nations Cup in January is far from ideal, but in the end Liverpool stars will only miss up to two games.

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At 23, Sarr also fits perfectly into the age profile of the FSG. Diogo Jota was signed at the same age last season; It perfectly combines experience and potential, offering both immediate impact and room for growth. The prospect of Sarr growing under the guidance of Mané, who is on good terms with the Watford man, is tempting.

The price is a little less tempting. Watford had to part with a sizeable fee to acquire Sarr at all and paid Stade Rennais £ 27 million. The market has since suffered from the pandemic, but the Hornets’ return to the Premier League will ease much of the financial pressure some other clubs are feeling: they would certainly be demanding more than their money back last summer at the said £ 40million price tag sounded about right. It seems unlikely that the FSG will sanction such spending in this transfer window, especially without further spending: a success getting Divock Origi off the books could change the picture later, but ultimately a deal for Sarr seems unlikely for the time being.

That said, Liverpool’s recruiting team will no doubt be paying attention to how Sarr looks at home in the Premier League. His stay was short one last time – while he continued to post good numbers in the championship, there are always doubts as to how this will affect the top division. The first signs are promising: if he can keep this up, Liverpool can call, be it within the next fourteen days or later.

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