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Romano: Failure to Move Origi and Shaqiri Early in Window Prevented Daka Pursuit

If you were wondering why Liverpool showed no interest, this is apparently why.

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Speaking on the Here We Go podcast, transfer rumour-slinger Fabrizio Romano (courtesy of the Liverpool Echo) stated that Liverpool FC were interested in making a move for Patson Daka from RB Salzburg, but couldn’t due to their failure to shift two fringe players, Xherdan Shaqiri and Divock Origi, during the early days of the summer transfer window.

The 22-year old Zambian international plundered the Austrian League for goals in his stint at RB Salzburg. In his last two seasons, he scored 51 goals in 59 appearances in the league and also handed out 10 assists. There had been murmurings that Daka would have made a great bench option for Liverpool since over a year ago, especially after an impressive pre-season performance against us last summer, but nothing materialised as Leicester City swooped in to sign him for £23million following a really swift negotiation.

Here’s the Italian’s full quote:

“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 Saka because they were interested in him.

“They never made an official bid but they had interest in this striker from Salzburg.”

Daka has not made a start for the Foxes yet in their opening three fixtures, but should have plenty of opportunity to feature along the course of the season.