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Woodgate Reckons This English Winger Will Be A Good Fit For Liverpool: Should Klopp Move In For Him?

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In a recent interview with Match of the Day 2, former Premier League defender Jonathan Woodgate has reckoned that Jadon Sancho will be a good fit for Liverpool. Woodgate said,

“He was exceptional at Dortmund. You need a little bit of time to settle in.

“You need a manager to believe in you. He is starting to play a lot of games, and he is starting to show what he can do.

“You need that time to settle in. At Manchester United at the minute, it hasn’t been great at the minute. Tell you what, he would be an unbelievable player for Liverpool, him. He would fit into their system perfectly.”

Sancho’s Difficult Season At Old Trafford So Far

Sancho is experiencing a tough spell with the Red Devils after struggling to find consistency with his performances during this campaign. The 21-year-old has banged in four goals and secured two assists in 28 matches for Man United this season across all competitions.

The London-born talent deserves some credit for averaging 0.8 shots, 1.4 key passes and 1.5 dribbles per 90 minutes in the Premier League. He has even been accurate when distributing the ball in the final third as he has completed 82.6% of his attempted passes in the English first division (stats via whoscored).

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Should Liverpool Move In For Sancho This Summer?

Sancho is a quick and agile winger who can complete some dangerous dribbles in the final third when he is playing with confidence on the field. The England international can chip in by scoring and creating his fair share of goals in the attacking end of the field. However, he has often been guilty of being inconsistent during his time at the Theatre of Dreams.

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp could be the ideal man to get the best out of Sancho. However, a move would be unlikely for the Reds as Man United might not want to do business with one of their direct rivals despite the player’s shortcomings on his return to England.

Furthermore, Klopp has currently got enough strength in depth in his attacking department to sustain another title charge in the Premier League next season. Thus, the Merseyside club has no reason to move in for Sancho in the summer.

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