Liverpool’s decision not to pursue Nicolas Pepe was down to his similarities with Mohamed Salah.
That is the view of former Red Jamie Carragher, who didn’t see the need for Jurgen Klopp to have two players who performed the same job.
Liverpool didn’t make a single big-name signing in the summer, instead deciding to stick with the squad that delivered the Champions League in May.
Pepe was one of a few names linked with a move to Anfield, but the Ivorian eventually made the switch to Arsenal for a club-record fee.
But with Salah picking up the Golden Boot for a second straight year there was little need to add in attack.
“Nicolas Pepe normally plays from that right-hand side, coming inside on his left foot,” Carragher said on Sky Sports.
“That’s why Liverpool never took him, there was lots of speculation.
“He’s basically a Mo Salah-type player really in some ways on that side, coming in on his stronger foot.”
Salah has begun this season’s Premier League with three goals in his first three games.
Two of those came against Arsenal in a 3-1 win at Anfield and the Egyptian is bidding to become the first player in history to finish top scorer for three years in a row.
Pepe could well provide him with competition after making his first competitive start on Saturday evening.
The former Lille star has already shown glimpses of what he is capable of after smashing Virgil van Dijk’s 18 month-long defensive record.
No player had dribbled past the Dutch defender in 50 games before Pepe managed to do so on Merseyside.