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26 Feb 2017

Deal Close? Liverpool now favourites to sign 'excellent' record-breaking £15m sensation

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Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has reportedly identified a possible solution to Liverpool's ongoing left-back issue.

Earlier this month, The Mirror claimed that Liverpool were tracking Fulham sensation Ryan Sessegnon, with the Daily Mail further claiming:

"Sessegnon has been scouted many times, with Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Man Utd, City and Bayern interested [in a transfer]".

Now, according to the Express:

"Liverpool set to beat Chelsea, Arsenal and Man City to signing of Fulham wonderkid Ryan Sessegnon this summer".

Liverpool were also linked with Sessegnon in September 2016, when the Express claimed that the Reds made and 'official enquiry' about the £15-rated attacker. Some info about Sessegnon, who is nicknamed the 'new Gareth Bale':

* 16-year old left-back. Can also play left-wing. Contract expires:

* This season: 7 goals/assists in 19 apps for Fulham.

* Aug 2016: Became the youngest goalscorer in the history of the Championship.

* Sep 2016: Fulham boss Slavisa Jokanovic enthused: "We believe he [Sessegnon] has a very bright future. Always when I give him the chance, he is performing at a good level".

* Jan 2017: Fulham teammate, Stefan Johansen raved: "It's 99 per cent certain he [Sessegnon] will be one of the top left-backs in the world. He is an excellent player".

It has to be said - it's impressive to see a 16-year old playing regularly in the physical maelstrom of the Championship, and not only playing well, but making a specific, measurable contribution. If Sessegnon can handle the hurly burly of the Championship, then it bodes well for his ability to make the step up to the Premier League.

That said, despite Sessegnon's obvious ability, it seems unlikely that a 16-year old will go straight into Liverpool's first-team and become the club's first-choice left-back. When has this ever happened with any position at Anfield? Hopefully, this is part of a two-pronged solution, with a more experienced left-back also coming in.



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