Jurgen Klopp has confirmed that Liverpool wanted to sign Jadon Sancho before the young Borussia Dortmund star left Manchester City .
The German side snapped up Sancho for just £8m at the start of last season and the teenage Englandinternational has impressed bursting through into the first team this season with seven goals and nine assists as his side sit top of the Bundesliga.
Talking ahead of Liverpool’s Champions League game against Bayern Munich on Tuesday, Klopp admitted that the Reds were fans of Sancho before he left the Premier League – but claimed that any deal was almost impossible due to Premier League clubs’ reluctance to sell to rivals report 90min.com.
“Buying English players is a smart idea because we would never have a chance to get Sancho,” he said. “We are not blind – we saw him, we liked him and then we think: ‘Can we get him?’ No. Because English clubs don’t sell to other English clubs. I don’t know exactly what the reason is for that but they don’t do it. Now they can go to Germany, which is a wonderful league.”
However, Klopp insisted that his homeland is not in the middle of a talent drought, adding: “There is no dip. Six or seven years ago you had all these boys coming up – Marco Reus, André Schürrle, Mario Götze, Thomas Müller, Mats Hummels – and it was clear when they became Under‑21 European champions it would be a generation of proper quality.
There are many factors behind Sancho’s stunning rise since moving to Dortmund, but at the heart of it is a player determined to prove himself.
“It is clear that England now has that situation. It is like a wave with one country a little bit up and another country down” he added.