Jurgen Klopp may have inadvertently derailed Liverpool 's chances of signing Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho.
England international Sancho was the subject of several bids from the Reds' bitter rivals Manchester United this summer.
Sancho, however, didn't end up leaving the Signal Iduna Park as United refused to meet Dortmund's £108million valuation of the 20-year-old.
United's failure to sign the Manchester City academy graduate has reportedly led Liverpool to become one of the frontrunners to acquire his services.
That's according to The Independent , who report Merseyside is one of the "likelier" destinations for the winger. But a recent acquisition from Klopp may very well have scuppered Liverpool's hopes of landing the coveted wide man.
Liverpool's £41million summer signing of Portugual winger Diogo Jota could very well put off Sancho from coming to Anfield.
Competition for a place in the starting XI is already fierce for Jota, who has to vie for a starting berth with Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane.
Sancho is highly unlikely to move to a club where he's not one of the first names on the teamsheet, meaning a move to Merseyside could be off the cards.
Notable transfer fees for British players
- 1893: Aston Villa kicked off the big money transfers with tier £100 cheque to land Willie Groves from West Bromwich Albion.
- 1904: Alf Commons moved from Sunderland to Middlesbrough for £1,000 and sparked a national outrage.
- 1928: Arsenal bought David Jack from Bolton Wanderers for £10,890
- 1957: John Charles moves from Leeds to Juventus shatters the transfer record at £65,000
- 1961: Denis Law joins Manchester United from Torino for £115,000
- 1970: Martin Peters joins Tottenham from West Ham for £200,000
- 1977: Kevin Keegan goes from Liverpool to Hamburg for £500,000
- 1979: Trevor Francis becomes first £1m player with switch from Birmingham to Nottingham Forest.
- 1996: Alan Shearer goes from Blackburn to Newcastle for £15m
- 2013: Gareth Bale switches from Tottenham to Real Madrid for £86m
Klopp is a big fan of Sancho – who bagged 20 goals and 20 assists last season – and has made no secret of his admiration of Dortmund's prized asset.
“An exceptional talent,” Klopp said of Sancho. after Liverpool's pre-season friendly with Dortmund last summer. “But he’s not the only one in England at the moment.
“That age group has a few, we have Rhian Brewster who is the same age, Raheem Sterling, for example, I don’t want to forget any wingers because there are a lot of talents.
“There’s a lot of very young, promising players in England so there’s no doubt about the potential of Jadon Sancho.
“His speed and body control in high speed is his main strength. Being good in big spaces and in small spaces makes you a pretty interesting player and that’s what Jadon is for sure.
“But especially for his game tonight, he defended against our 18-year-old Yasser [Larouci], who played against one of the biggest talents in world football and did pretty well the whole night. So no doubt about Jadon Sancho.”
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