Five transfers Liverpool missed out on in 2020 & how they’re faring this term

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Liverpool enjoyed a productive transfer window, adding Thiago Alcantara, Diogo Jota and Kostas Tsimikas to their title-winning squad.

Jurgen Klopp has been careful not to make wholesale changes to Liverpool’s team, entrusting his current charges with retaining their Premier League crown, but they did miss out on a few targets.

We’ve looked at five players that Liverpool were heavily linked with during the summer to see how they’ve fared this season.

Timo Werner

For long stretches of last season, it was assumed that Werner would be moving to Anfield.

However, Liverpool’s finances were stretched due to lockdown and the club passed on the opportunity to sign the striker. Instead, Werner moved to Chelsea for £47.5million.

The striker has scored eight goals in 12 games in west London and looks to be settling in well. Roberto Firmino may have struggled this season, but Diogo Jota’s fast start at Anfield has at least spared Liverpool any blushes with this one.

Jamal Lewis

With Andy Robertson making the left-back slot his own, Liverpool were in the market for a young prodigy to develop over the next few years.

Lewis fit the bill, impressing for Norwich despite their relegation last season. But the two clubs were miles apart in their valuation of the player and Lewis moved to Newcastle for £12million.

He’s appeared in all of their Premier League matches to date as Steve Bruce’s side have made a solid start this season.

After missing out on Lewis, Liverpool signed Greece international Kostas Tsimikas instead, only for injury to scupper his start to life on Merseyside.

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Ben White

After catching the eye on loan at Leeds United last season, White was in demand during the summer.

While the pursuit of Thiago and rumours surrounding Gini Wijnaldum took centre stage, Liverpool were known to have scouted the centre-back extensively last season.

After Brighton turned down bids of £30million from Leeds in a COVID-19-affected market, Liverpool decided to hang back.

White signed a new contract with Graham Potter’s team and has started every Premier League game this season, although according to the Liverpool Echo, a potential big may still be on the cards next summer if he continues to impress.

Ismaila Sarr

Liverpool’s interest in Sarr was understandable, given how the winger produced a man of the match performance in Watford’s 3-0 win over the Reds last season and is close with Sadio Mane.

The Senegal international has played eight Championship games this season, scoring three goals and providing one assist.

WATCH: Mane’s heartwarming message to Deeney about ‘shy boy’ Sarr

Jonathan David

Speaking on The Agenda podcast, Liverpool Echo correspondent Paul Gorst revealed the club compiled a three-man shortlist to potentially bolster their forward line after Werner had joined Chelsea.

While they eventually landed Diogo Jota, the former Wolves man was joined by the aforementioned Ismaila Sarr and Jonathan David.

The 20-year-old, who has 11 goals in 12 appearances for Canada, was prolific for Gent last season and caught the attention of Europe’s elite, eventually moving to Lille for a reported fee of €30million.

But despite such an impressive 2019-20, he is yet to score for the French club in 13 games this season.


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