Liverpool youngster Elliott 'highly rated' by England U21 boss
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Liverpool’s failure to shift Xherdan Shaqiri or Divock Origi back in June reportedly cost them the chance to sign Patson Daka from RB Salzburg. The Zambian frontman, who hit 51 Austrian Bundesliga goals in 59 games in the past two seasons, completed a £23million move to Leicester following swift negotiations between the two clubs.
It’s believed Daka has been signed as a potential long-term replacement for Jamie Vardy at the King Power Stadium, although he is yet to start a Premier League game in his new colours.
Yet it appears the Foxes were not the only club in the running for his services before striking a deal with Salzburg.
Transfer expert Fabrizio Romano claims Liverpool were hot in pursuit of the 22-year-old but the lack of interest in Shaqiri and Origi respectively, saw their hopes of a deal fade.
Romano said on the Here We Go Podcast: “Yes because he had chances to join many Premier League clubs. Many Premier League clubs were interested.
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“Liverpool this summer had a strategy, sell players and then eventually sign players.
“If they sold Shaqiri or Origi in the first days of June then they had a chance to sign Patson Daka because they were interested in him.
“They never made an official bid but they had interest in this striker from Salzburg.
“Then it collapsed because of the timing on Shaqiri, who was sold in August to Lyon and Origi who is staying at the club.
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“Liverpool were interested in Patson Daka but Leicester were great in this deal, they convinced the player and they found an agreement with Salzburg with the right timing.”
Liverpool failed to bring in attacking reinforcements this summer despite the sales of Marko Grujic, Taiwo Awoniyi, Harry Wilson and Shaqiri.
Supporters were optimistic Jurgen Klopp would order the capture of another forward to provide additional cover for Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane when they head off to the Africa Cup of Nations in January.
There were several players reportedly of interest including Harvey Barnes, Jarrod Bowen and Ismaila Sarr.
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All proved to be out of reach though for the Reds, who instead opted to stick with their current squad but that decision may have already come back to haunt them.
That’s because Takumi Minamino and Harvey Elliott have already picked up injury problems while away on international duty.
The fitness problems have highlighted the importance of having options in reserve given just how quickly numbers can be whittled down during the course of a season.
Liverpool, of course, know that better than anyone after losing Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez, Joel Matip and Jordan Henderson to injury last year.
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