Former Liverpool midfielder Jason McAteer has explained why he thinks Jadon Sancho would be a perfect fit for Jurgen Klopp’s side.
The Reds, along with Manchester United and Chelsea have been linked with the 19-year-old winger, but Klopp has admitted that cost would “100 per cent” be an issue if his side were to pursue the Borussia Dortmund winger.
Recent incidents – including Sancho being fined after returning late from international duty – have reportedly led to a growing desire from the England star to leave Dortmund, although sporting director Michael Zorc has insisted that the issues have been resolved.
Klopp, at the start of December, spoke about Sancho, he told the Liverpool Echo: “He’s a very good player. I have no clue where these kind of things are coming from, but it cannot come from us because we never speak about it.
“If we would be involved, nobody would know about it apart from a person who wouldn’t speak about it. There’s nothing to say.
“Cost? That’s one issue, 100 per cent that would be an issue. But there’s nothing to say about it.”
Nonetheless McAteer, 48, who played 139 times for Liverpool, thinks Sancho would be a perfect fit for Liverpool and Klopp.
He told the Racing Post: “I doubt Jurgen Klopp feels under any pressure to make any more moves in the transfer window though if there’s one player I’d love to see him bring to Anfield, it’s Jadon Sancho. Sancho looks like a Jurgen Klopp type of player. He’s young, immensely talented, looks ideally suited to the system which Klopp plays and would be learning off one of the top coaches in the world.
“Good managers take good players to the next level. Look at Raheem Sterling at Manchester City. Sterling might not have naturally brought into Pep Guardiola’s unique philosophy but he has and the upshot is that this once erratic talent is now one of the finest players in the Premier League.
“Klopp has a similar aura and Trent Alexander-Arnold is a classic example of a player who has flourished under the German where he may very well not have done under someone else. Sancho at Liverpool would be brilliant for him and the club. He could play anywhere along that front three and looks a genuinely class act.”