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Why Liverpool's move for Patson Daka collapsed

Before Patson Daka moved to Leicester City there was many clubs interested in him and Liverpool was one of them, However a deal for the striker fell through.

At the moment Liverpool have a main attacking four that consists of Sadio Mane, Mohamed Salah, Diogo Jota and Roberto Firmino.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Takumi Minamino and Divock Origi are the backups for that quadrant and in some fans opinion that is not good enough for a team that are wanting to be competing for every competitions that they are in.

Divock Origi poses after winning the Champions League

Origi with number 6

If things had gone as they were planned though those back-up options could have been very different.

According to reliable journalist Fabrizio Romano, Liverpool had a 'strategy' to bring Patson Daka to the club and he would have been one of those rotation options with a big amount of potential to develop into a first teamer.

On the Here We Go Podcast Romano said: "Yes, he had chances to join many Premier League clubs and this summer Liverpool had a strategy this summer, sell players and eventually sign new players.

"If they sold Shaqiri or Origi in the first days of June, they had the chance to sign Patson Daka because they were interested in Patson Daka, but then it collapsed because of timings on Shaqiri, who was eventually sold to Lyon in August."


Shaqiri versus West Ham

Although Romano only mentions Origi and Shaqiri, Minamino was also linked with a move away throughout the summer so if any suitors would have been found for the Japanese international it would have meant Daka joining would have been more likely.

So the failure to move on players at an earlier date cost Liverpool and Jurgen Klopp in the transfer window as Daka eventually moved to Leicester City.

Shaqiri was the only key first-team player to leave and he was arguably the back-up with the most quality so to move him on so late in the window knowing there would be no replacement could come back to bite Liverpool.

If the deal was done earlier Liverpool could have signed Daka and there would have realistically been no attacking depth issues.

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The likes of Minamino and Origi could still yet prove to be good enough to fill in for the front four at any time however Shaqiri has left and has not been replaced which is certainly not smart business.

It seems any plan or strategy that Liverpool had in the transfer window completely collapsed and that will have meant that it was not just the Daka deal that fell through.

Other deals may have been collateral damage to this failed strategy.

All of this failure in the window does come down to the man who is in charge of that area who is Michael Edwards.

Michael Edwards and Jurgen Klopp talking Liverpool

Edwards with Klopp

Edwards has been a revelation since becoming the sporting director at Liverpool but this summer has probably been his most unsuccessful when it comes to transfers.

A few weeks ago it was revealed that he is expected to leave his role at the club.

So maybe Edwards' departure will not be that big of a blow that everyone is expecting it to be as he failed with this 'strategy' that Romano mentioned.

Missing out on Daka may be a big deal or it might not be however the principle of the deal is the issue.

Liverpool have missed out on a striker who has potential to become a prolific goal scorer for the next how many years in the Premier League because they could not sell squad players.

Patson Daka

If that happens again in future windows Liverpool may be in some bother so maybe Edwards leaving is the best outcome for everyone.

We shall see how Oxlade-Chamberlain, Minamino and Origi do in the meantime.

The trio are definitely decent squad players however it really should have been different if the summer had went well with the 'strategy.'

But it didn't.