The one that got away? Will Liverpool regret missing out on Emre Mor


Just over a month ago Liverpool were linked to Emre Mor, an unknown 18-year-old plying his trade in Denmark for FC Nordsjælland.

The Reds were not just linked they were the bookmakers favourites to sign Mor and ESPN reported that the Premier League outfit were closing in on a transfer.

However, it was Borussia Dortmund who pulled the trigger and snapped up the youngster on a five-year big money deal.

Mor when from being known by a few scouts and Football Manager enthusiasts to one of the ‘young players to watch at Euro 2016’.

The rising star was not even a Turkish international until a few months ago. Mor switched from the Denmark youth international team – his country of birth – to the Turkish setup and had just two caps before getting picked for the Euro 2016 squad.

The attacking midfielder went from total obscurity to being tipped as the next big thing on the official UEFA website.

Mor was not even worth €1 million at the time but has seen a 900 percent increase in just a fortnight and is now worth €16 million according to Transfermarkt.

The 18-year-old first got to showcase his talent coming on as a second half substitute against Croatia. Turkey ended up losing 1-0 but it became apparent that Mor was cut of a different cloth. His explosive acceleration, tight ball control and dribbling ability immediately stood out. What was even more impressive for such a young player was his intelligence and vision. His back heel was one of the most iconic moments of the game.

Mor got his big break against the Czech Republic. Turkey national team boss Fatih Terim decided to give him the nod on the wing and he did not disappoint.

The Turkish wonder-kid was arguably man of the match providing Turkey a much needed injection of pace that had been lacking in the first two games.

Mor became the third youngest player to provide an assist in European Championship history when he setup Burak Yilmaz with the opening goal in the 2-0 victory over Czech Republic yesterday.

The 18-year-old is currently the youngest player to have provided an assist in Euro 2016 and was widely praised following his display against the Czech Republic.

There is no doubting that Mor is a huge talent and he would have been the type of transfer you would expect from Jurgen Klopp during his time in charge of Borussia Dortmund. It was however, his successor at the German giants who managed to convince Mor to make the move.

“I was not even thinking about Dortmund but then I got a call from Thomas Tuchel and he told me directly that he wants me at the club and that he has big plans for me,” Mor said after the Turkey game against Croatia.

“If it was not for Tuchel I probably would not have joined but he convinced me where nobody else could.”

Dortmund is a great place for a young player like Mor they have a history of developing talent but so did Klopp during his time at the club. Mor may even end up at Liverpool in a couple of seasons – but probably for a lot more than €16 million.

We have all heard of promising young players being called the next Messi and they rarely if ever live up to the billing but Mor is special. He may just end up living up to his reputation.

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