When Liverpool signed Diogo Jota last summer, there were two other names who joined him on their shortlist of attacking targets.
Liverpool, certainly, made the right call in the end, with Jota able to slot in and make an immediate impact on the team until he got injured – it is likely the others, slightly young than the Portuguese, would have taken longer to adapt.
But Liverpool, no doubt, will have been keeping tabs on Sarr and David even after deciding they were not ready for a move just yet.
Now 21, Canadian international David is particularly interesting.
He started this season slowly, scoring just twice in the first 19 Ligue 1 matches of the season, but is now on nine goals and four assists in 41 matches this season (from an xG of 7.41).
Those numbers would have to increase again for him to convince Liverpool entirely – Jota netted 16 and assisted six in 48 games in his final season with Wolves – but more interesting than that is his development position-wise over the last 12 months.
“David is now at Lille,” said Ollie Connolly on the Liverpool.com podcast.
“He used to be at Gent and Liverpool were sniffing around him last summer.
“He is a big one for the analytics crowd and he can play any of the positions in the front three, but while he is more of an off-the-shoulder number nine, he has become much more of a creator and a facilitator this season.
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“They might, for example, want £45m for a player who is going to be Europe’s next star, but would they take £30m right now with no installments?
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“That market has collapsed meaning they will have no money coming in for 36 months. If you don’t make the Champions League, it will be really hard to keep your best players.