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Fabrizio Romano claims Liverpool blew chance to sign 'next Thierry Henry'

Liverpool were eyeing Patson Daka and had the chance to sign him, but the move “collapsed”, according to Fabrizio Romano.

The Reds were linked with the Zambia international striker back in March, as per Salzburg Nachrichten.

As well as Liverpool, the likes of Arsenal and Tottenham were also apparently targeting Daka.

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But in the end, the Anfield outfit failed to land the 22-year-old, who joined Leicester instead, for a reported £23million.

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Daka was the Austrian Bundesliga’s top scorer last term with 27 goals in 28 games for Red Bull Salzburg.

Former Zambia coach Herve Renard previously said of the player: “Write his name down because he’s very, very promising”.

Dan Kabwe, another of his former coaches, told News Diggers last year: “When I saw Patson Daka, what came into my mind is this guy is the next Thierry Henry – and in no time he has proved it.”

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Romano has now claimed that Liverpool would’ve gone for the Zambian if they had managed to sell Xherdan Shaqiri earlier in the window.

“Yes, he had chances to join many Premier League clubs and this summer Liverpool had a strategy,” Romano said on the Here We Go podcast.

“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 Daka.

“But then it collapsed because of timings on Shaqiri, who was eventually sold to Lyon in August.”

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