Jurgen Klopp: Liverpool couldn’t sign Jadon Sancho because ‘English clubs don’t sell to other English clubs’

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Jadon Sancho's season so far at Borussia Dortmund has been nothing short of extraordinary.

The 18-year-old has tallied seven goals and seven assists in the Bundesliga this season and has even earned himself a call-up for the senior England squad.

The English youngster chose to break the mould in the summer of 2017 by opting to leave Manchester City and develop his career outside the English leagues.

Safe to say this decision's proven to be a wise one.

Sancho has found a club whose philosophies match his professional demands perfectly. Dortmund are a side famous for their development of young talent, and Sancho is no exception.

Before leaving Dortmund and taking charge of Liverpool, Jurgen Klopp was one of the pioneering figures behind this philosophy.

Klopp has now replicated his success in Germany by leading Liverpool to one of their fiercest title challenges in recent memory.

Dortmund, themselves, are in the midst of a title challenge. And Sancho has played an instrumental part in it.

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The past few seasons have seen a number of young English players sign for German clubs - something Klopp was asked about ahead of Liverpool's Champions League clash against Bayern Munich.

Klopp then revealed he had, in fact, been interested in signing Sancho from Manchester City in 2017. But there was one thing preventing it from happening.

He said: "With English players, it is a smart idea because we would never have a chance to get Sancho.

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"We are not blind. We saw him.

"We liked him and then we thought 'can we get him?' No, because English clubs don't sell to other English clubs.

"I don't know exactly what the reason is for that but they don't do it. Now they can go to Germany, which is a wonderful league."


Reece Oxford, Ademola Lookman and Reiss Nelson are just some of Sancho's fellow Englishmen who have looked to hone their craft in Germany. And they were very nearly joined by Callum Hudson-Odoi, who was heavily linked to Bayern Munich in January.

Sancho's success has been groundbreaking for British football. But who knows how different his career could have ended up if he chose Liverpool over Dortmund.

He'd certainly to need to do well to get ahead of Mohamed Salah on the right wing, that's for sure.

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