Watford winger Ismaila Sarr was initially ahead of Diogo Jota in Liverpool’s hunt for a new attacking signing, according to a report.
Jota arrived at Anfield amid question marks about how he would impact the Reds’ front three. However, he has smashed expectations, with seven goals in 10 games.
Indeed, he displaced Roberto Firmino in the team on Tuesday and has sparked a debate about whether he should do so again against Manchester City on Sunday.
According to the Daily Mail, though, Liverpool wanted Senegal winger Sarr before moving onto Jota.
The 22-year-old, a year younger than Jota, made waves for the Hornets in the Premier League last season. In fact, he was a shining light for the Hertfordshire club amid their relegation.
Following on from his displays – one of which saw him score twice to sink Liverpool – the Reds reportedly had a watchful eye on the winger.
Moreover, he was their main target before Watford’s £50million price tag put the Anfield club off.
Liverpool then looked towards Jota, who the club had followed for some time. They agreed an initial £41million deal, with Wolves willing to accept flexible payment terms.
Indeed, the Reds will only pay 10 per cent of that fee in the first year of his contract, which – at this rate – is likely to be an incredible debut campaign for the Portuguese.
Jota earned his Champions League start against Atalanta on Tuesday after fantastic recent displays as a substitute. The 23-year-old netted the winner from the bench against Sheffield United and West Ham.
Alisson happy to have Liverpool stars back
Meanwhile, Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson Becker says he is delighted to have key stars back in contention.
Naby Keita, Joel Matip and Kostas Tsimikas were all in the squad for the rout of Atalanta.
And while the Reds are still awaiting the return of Thiago Alcantara, Fabinho and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Alisson says the trio who have returned will make an immediate impact.