The Athletic’s James Pearce has apparently ruled Liverpool out of any continued pursuit of Watford attacker Ismaila Sarr.
The weekend arrival of forward Diogo Jota from Wolves, for a sum which could rise to £45m, was seen by many as the alternative variant to the Watford man but rumours circulated that Jurgen Klopp’s outfit were still in for Sarr.
But now Pearce revealed that the Reds made the decision between the pair and the club opted for the Portuguese attacker.
Sarr netted five goals and provided six assists last season as Watford were relegated to the FEL Championship and the 22-year-old’s exit from Vicarage Road looks almost certain.
The Reds pulling out of the hunt for the Senegal international could leave the door open for other PL sides to make their move, with Aston Villa touted as a possible suitor in recent days.
It seems unlikely that Jurgen will make any more additions to his roster, having completed the signings of Jota and Thiago of course over the weekend.
Departures seem far more possible before the transfer market closes as the Premier League giants cut both their cloth, and their squad size, accordingly.
Elsewhere, Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp admits they “will have some fun” with midfielder Curtis Jones after the Englishman starred in their 7-2 Carabao Cup third-round win over Lincoln.
“First half really good, start of the second half really good,” was Jurgen’s assessment of the youngster’s display.
“There is still space for improvement but everyone knows my opinion of Curtis Jones, he is an exceptional talent and we will have some fun with him I am pretty sure in the future.
“Both goals were difficult, the second one the first touch was absolutely exceptional between two opponents and then he opens up and sees the opportunity and finishes it off.”