Liverpool are reportedly reluctant to enter an auction for Borussia Dortmund wonder-kid Jadon Sancho next summer.
Reds boss Jurgen Klopp confirmed in February earlier this year that he wanted to sign the player from Manchester City back in 2017, but a deal would have proved impossible.
“We are not blind – we saw him, we liked him, and then we think ‘Can we get him?’ No,” Klopp said.
“English clubs don’t sell to other English clubs.”
It is believed Liverpool retain an interest in the 19-year-old but, as per the club’s transfer policy in recent years, will only pay big money for a player who fully buys into the club’s project.
Dortmund stand to make a huge profit on a player they signed for only £8m, as it is believed it will cost around £100m to prise Sancho away from Germany.
It seems that Liverpool would want the England winger – who has already made eleven caps for his country – to make it clear that his heart is set on a move to Anfield, helping drive the price down for the current Premier League leaders.
This disciplined stance helped them eventually get their main target of a few years ago: Virgil van Dijk.
The Dutch defender recently confirmed that he rejected offers from Manchester City and Chelsea as he always favoured a move to Liverpool.
But, in Sancho’s case, it could just as easily backfire and in turn benefit rivals Manchester United, who believe they are the front-runners for the player.
Ultimately, United have greater wealth and desperation for such a prodigious talent.
They also have no natural right-winger in the squad, with Daniel James, Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford all preferring to play from the left or through the middle.
Liverpool, on the other hand, have one of the best right-sided forwards in the world in Mohamed Salah, who looks set to return from injury against Napoli in the Champions League tonight.
While Sancho would clearly improve their squad, it’s understandable why the club may have reservations regarding being drawn into an extortionate bidding war for a player who may not immediately improve their first XI.
There have also been question marks over the player’s discipline of late, which will be sure to concern Jurgen Klopp, with Sancho fined and dropped by Dortmund in October for returning late from international duty.
Earlier this month, he was subbed after just 38 minutes against Bayern Munich.
His club manager, Luciano Favre, revealed his player’s performance was “not good enough” and that he “still has a lot to learn.”
Sancho’s talent, however, is beyond doubt, with four goals and six assists in ten Bundesliga appearances this season an incredible return.
Bundesliga : Augsburg vs Bayern Munich live stream from SGL Arena
The champions and current Bundesliga league leaders Bayern Munich travel to face an impressive Augsburg side in this suprise top of the table calsh from Germany this afternoon.
Augsburg have won their last four league matches to move into an incredible third position in the table.
They have dropped just three points at home all season and Munich will face a real difficult challenge on Saturday.
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Last time out Augsburg rallied from a goal down to win at Cologne, with Alexander Esswein scoring the winner.
Bayern Munich edged past Bayer Leverkusen in the Bundesliga, although the win saw them keep an amazing 11th clean sheet in 14 matches.
In the Champions League, Munich eased past CSKA Moscow, winning 3-0 with both Thomas Muller and Sebastian Rode on the scoresheet.
Sascha Molders scored the only goal as Ausgburg stunned Munich last season, although Pep Guardiola’s men had already won the Bundesliga title.
Augsburg v Bayern Munich Team news
Raul Bobadilla looks set to start for the hosts, with Halil Altintop offering support from a wide role.
The former Arsenal goalkeeper Alex Manninger will start between the sticks, whilst captain Paul Verhaegh will feature.
As Bastian Schweinsteiger returns from injury, he could be set for an hour or so in the starting XI on Saturday.
Robert Lewandowski will lead the line, with both Arjen Robben and Ribery set to feature.
Dante could start for Munich, with Mehdi Benatia set for a rest and the Brazilian will partner Jerome Boateng.
The likes of Muller and Rode are set for substitute roles, after starting in the win over CSKA Moscow.
Augsburg: Manninger; Verhaegh, Klavan, Rahman, Callsen-Bracker; Werner, Kohr, Baier; Altintop, Bobadilla, Djurdjic
Bayern Munich: Neuer; Bernat, Rafinha, Dante, Boateng; Gotze, Alonso, Schweinsteiger, Ribery; Robben, Lewandowski
Bayern Munich v Hoffenheim Odds, Latest betting and live stream from Allianz clash
Latest Bayern Munich v Hoffenheim odds from Bundesliga, with live streaming service from Bet365.
Bayern Munich will look to extend their lead at the top of the Bundesliga when they host Hoffenheim on Saturday.
Pep Guardiola’s men hold a four point advantage at the top, with Hoffenheim doing well this campaign down in fifth.
Prior to the international break, Munich recorded a comfortable 4-0 victory away to Eintracht Frankfurt.
Thomas Muller scored a hat-trick in the romp, with Xherdan Shaqiri sealing the win late on for the champions.
Hoffenheim had gone the first nine league matches without defeat, however have lost their last two games.
The most recent was an incredible 4-3 loss at home to newly promoted FC Cologne, with Pawel Olkowski scoring a late winner.
Roberto Firmino has been excellent this season and scored a further two goals for Hoffenheim, although it wasn’t enough.
Hoffenheim have never beaten Bayern Munich in the league, although did earn a stunning draw at the champions last season.
Three goals in nine first half minutes had Munich 3-1 up, however the visitors recovered to draw with Firmino earning a late point.
Munich will be without Philipp Lahm who has been ruled out until the new year with a broken ankle.
Bastian Schweinsteiger has returned to full fitness though and will come into the midfield alongside Xabi Alonso.
Dante looks set to start ahead of Medhi Benatia, with Guardiola rotating the squad with a trip to Manchester City on Tuesday.
Firmino is a doubt for Hoffenheim, although the Brazilian international is expected to feature.
Adam Szalai and Kevin Volland are also both expected to start in an attacking line up from Hoffenheim at Munich.
Bayern Munich: Neuer; Rafinha, Boateng, Dante, Bernat; Schweinsteiger, Alonso; Gotze, Muller, Ribery; Lewandowski
Hoffenheim: Baumann; Beck, Bicakcic, Sule, Strobi; Polanksi, Schwelger; Firmino, Elyounoussi, Volland; Szalai
Bayern Munich v Borussia Dortmund live stream, team news : Klopp set for stiff test
The Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich host a horribly out of sorts Borussia Dortmund in Saturday’s big clash.
Munich haven’t conceded in their last seven league games, since a 1-1 draw at FC Schalke back in August.
Pep Guardiola’s men have a four point advantage at the top of the table, after their goalless draw away to second placed Borussia Monchengladbach last time out.
During the midweek they eased past Hamburg in the German Cup, winning 3-1 thanks to goals from Robert Lewandowski, David Alaba and Franck Ribery.
Borussia Dortmund’s league form has been appalling and they sit above the relegation zone by just a point going into the game.
A 1-0 home defeat to Mainz was a fourth consecutive league loss and a fifth in six games, meaning they face a real challenge to qualify for Europe next term.
They did manage a comfortable 3-0 win away to St. Pauli in the DFB Pokal, with Marco Reus among the scorers.
Last season both sides won the away fixture 3-0, although Dortmund’s win came after Munich after they had secured the title.
Lewandowski will lead the line for Munich against his former employers, with Mario Gotze also playing against his old club.
Xabi Alonso has been in excellent form since moving from Real Madrid in the summer and will start in holding midfield.
Dortmund are slowly getting players back and Reus, Ilkay Gundogan and Mats Hummels are all fit to feature.
Pierre Emerick Aubameyang looks likely to lead the line ahead of both summer additions in Ciro Immobile and Adrian Ramos.
Bayern: Neuer; Benatia, Boateng, Alaba; Rafinha, Lahm, Alonso, Bernat; Muller, Gotze; Lewandowski
Dortmund: Weidenfeller; Piszczek, Subotic, Hummels, Sokratis; Bender, Gundogan; Mkhitaryan, Kagawa, Reus; Aubamayeng
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