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Why Sancho to Liverpool would be ideal transfer move for Klopp

  /  autty

Liverpool secured another systematic 2-1 on Saturday over Brighton, with an 11-point gap now amassed over last season's champions, Manchester City.

The Reds are performing similarly from week to week, using the same formation and an unchanged team for the most part.

Understandably, given the unrivalled level of consistency and stability exhibited, Liverpool supporters are searching for an alternative means of stimulation beyond solely results.

The January transfer window opens in less than a month, and recent links have surfaced with the Anfield club and Borussia Dortmund starlet, Jadon Sancho.

Sancho is currently said to be experiencing a relatively rocky period in Germany, having been dropped and fined after returning late from international duty last month, as well as being substituted after 36 minutes against Bayern Munich recently by Lucien Favre despite not being injured.

Dortmund appeared determined to keep Sancho last summer, but the German club's resistance may have lessened by the end of the current campaign - or perhaps even by January.

Liverpool are reportedly one of the major clubs that hold an interest in the English attacker, with Michael Edwards and Jurgen Klopp possibly planning ahead.

Would Sancho's signature make sense? Would he justify his price tag? Where would he fit? Let's take a look.

Firstly, it's reasonable to suggest that since moving from England, Sancho has demonstrated that his ceiling is incredibly high and that his current level is greater than most tend to experience at their peak.

He's only represented Dortmund for around a year-and-a-half but he's already managed to showcase why a move to Merseyside would make a great deal of sense for all parties involved.

Sancho is just 19-years-old, and he's versatile enough to play on both flanks, as shown above.

The Englishman is right-footed, though, which perhaps indicates that he's better suited to Sadio Mane's left-sided role at Liverpool, as that would permit him to cut inside before shooting.

Sancho has amassed around 5,200 first-team minutes for Dortmund since his arrival, and in that time he seems to have presented the image of a creator rather than a scorer. He's found the net 18 times while registering 26 assists, and the numbers beneath the surface capture his inventive spark further.

Sancho only tends to average around 1.5 shots per 90 minutes in the Bundesliga, which is considerably fewer than Mane's Premier League average of around 2.4 and Mohamed Salah's 3.8.

His tendency to find the net would undoubtedly have to improve at Anfield, but that shouldn't be a concern as Klopp has proved to be a master when it comes to improving the offensive output of his attacking players.

If his scoring was to receive a boost, then he'd be combining that with an innate ability to create for those around him.

Sancho has assisted 2.1 shots per 90 in the Bundesliga which is notably more than Mane and Salah in the Premier League, and he also attempts dribbles more frequently with around 8.8 per 90 compared to 4.6 and 5.9 respectively.

Also, Expected Assists (xA) offers an insight into whether a player deserved an assist or not regardless of whether the chance that he created was finished by his teammate.

Last season, some 203 players accumulated over 1,500 minutes in the Bundesliga with Sancho finishing fourth for xA per 90, which essentially means that only three players were more likely to set up a goal than the English talent.

Sancho accelerates quickly, he's exquisite in tight spaces, and his awkward, unpredictable means of carrying the ball at his feet causes problems for opposing defenders, as he's able to manoeuvre his body in an unorthodox manner.

Liverpool's attack under Klopp is renowned for being difficult to handle, and Sancho's presence would only add to that.

Mane and Salah are now 27 years-old, and Roberto Firmino is 28. The trio are still elite performers, and a player in the mould of Sancho would enhance the frontline now and perhaps protect it into the future.

In the meantime, Sancho's introduction would allow for proper rotation between the team's best attackers, and the option for a tactical switch to 4-2-3-1 would open up, with Salah through the middle, Firmino as the no.10, and Mane and Sancho on the flanks.

Ultimately, it remains to be seen whether the Dortmund star will be chased by the Reds, but there would be plenty of logic in his signature.

Sancho would join as a young, homegrown attacker with world-class potential and proven quality, and his addition would allow the team to benefit immediately while also being insured long-term.