Liverpool won’t sign Jadon Sancho – but pundit tips old boy to return

Date published: Wednesday 5th February 2020 11:43

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Liverpool won’t buy Jadon Sancho this summer, according to Steve McManaman – but the former winger does expect Jurgen Klopp to tempt a former favourite back to Anfield.

The 19-year-old has been superb for Dortmund and is now rated as one of the best young attacking players in the world.

Sancho has scored 10 goals and provided 10 assists in 16 Bundesliga appearances so far this season, and has also found the net twice and has provided two assists in six Champions League matches.

That has inevitably led to speculation linking the winger with a return to the Premier League, with both Manchester United and Chelsea expected to launch bids for a player rated by Dortmund at a staggering €150million.

However, he’s also been strongly tipped as a target for Liverpool, and while McManaman doesn’t think he’ll fetch anywhere near the quoted £126m, he has two concrete reasons why a move to Anfield looks unlikely.

“Sancho would probably prefer to go somewhere where he will start week-in and week-out and there’s no problem with that,” McManaman said in his column for

“The other thing to consider is the cost implications. How much is he going to cost? No doubt, he’s an extremely bright prospect, he’s doing really well in Dortmund, he plays regularly and he’s a star there.

“Whether Liverpool would go for him now, I don’t know and if he was available, he’d command big money. And there a number of clubs that would go for him.

“Jadon could cost £60m – £75m and that’s a lot of money for somebody that young even though he looks a fantastic prospect.  It’s a big outlay for a player and in all honesty Liverpool’s young players are all doing well themselves and Jurgen Klopp seems to want to give them a go. ”

McManaman: Coutinho, not Sancho to return to Liverpool

Another player with his name under the spotlight is former Liverpool playmaker Philippe Coutinho and McManaman thinks it’s far more likely that Klopp will look to bring the Brazilian back to Anfield.

“I wouldn’t mind seeing Coutinho back. He’s a brilliant player but a lot of it is just down to economics,” McManaman added.

“If they can bring Coutinho back for a reasonable fee and potentially sell a couple of players who aren’t playing regularly, then that could work. There are rumours that Xherdan Shaqiri may leave at the end of the season, and Adam Lallana may want to play more often.

“If there’s space available then I’d certainly like Coutinho back, as he was a wonderful player for Liverpool. He’s that type of player that when plan A isn’t working he can change the game.

“He scored some incredible goals for Liverpool and though he’d have to win the fans over after he asked to leave, I think that most fans would recognise how good he was for Liverpool.

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“He seems to have lost his way a bit at the minute, he needs a bit of TLC and an arm around him doesn’t he? So if he wants to come back to Liverpool and the deal was good then I’d have no qualms taking him back because he’s a lovely player.”

Pundit Rio Ferdinand, meanwhile has listed four players he feels are more worthy than Virgil van Dijk to be named Player of the Year.


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