4 May 2016

I Choose Anfield: 'Unbelievable' £15m sensation wants Liverpool transfer. Klopp confident of signing

Last week, Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp hinted at a defensive overhaul this summer, and with Joel Matip already signed, the Reds are seemingly focused on signing a new left-back, with Leicester starlet Ben Chilwell reportedly top of Klopp list of options.

In his pre-Swansea press conference, Klopp told reporters:

"When you build up a team, you start with the defence...and that’s one of the biggest targets for the next season, to build up a stability in this part of the game".

Liverpool's full-back positions remain eminently upgradeable, and according to multiple reports this week.

* Liverpool are 'confident' of signing 19-year old Chilwell ahead of Arsenal.

* Anfield is Chilwell's 'preferred destination' this summer, and Leicester are 'aware' of his wish to sign for Liverpool.

* Leicester want £15m for Chilwell, but Liverpool value him at £8m max.

Some info about Chilwell:

* Left-back. Graduated from Leicester's academy. Current contract expires: 2016.

* 3 senior appearances for Leicester City (in domestic cup competitions). No league appearances.

* 2015: Won Leicester's 'Academy Player of the Year' award.

* Jan 2016: Channelling his inner-Brendan Rodgers, Claudio Ranieri raved: "He [Chilwell] was fantastic [Against Spurs]. If you think our left flank was 18 and 19, it was unbelievable. He had a very great match. He was sure and outstanding".

Meh. Chilwell = another grossly overhyped British youngster, and it's madness to spend £8m+ on a teenaged with just THREE senior appearances to his name.

Links like this really bug me - are we to believe that there isn't a single player in Liverpool's academy comparable to Chilwell? Why not just develop the likes of Smith, Randall, McLaughlin, Flanagan etc, and save the £8m? Alternatively, sign a fully-developed, proven player capable of challenging Moreno and Clyne.

What is the point of the Academy if Liverpool keep ignoring the players already on the books? Smith, for example, is already further along the development path that Chilwell (in terms of first-team experience), so I fail to see why this deal is even necessary.

Author: Jaimie K


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