11 Aug 2016

Deal Agreed: Liverpool to sign 'fantastic' Spaniard who's like 'Pablo Zabaleta'. Medical scheduled

Teenage full-backs seem to be all the rage at Liverpool right now, and after being linked with 19-year old Ben Chilwell, and 16-year old Ryan Sessegnon, the Reds are seemingly on the verge of signing a player who's even more untested that the aforementioned duo.

According to the Liverpool Echo:

"Liverpool are set to sign former Barcelona defender Juanma following a successful trial...subject to a medical. He is not considered a first-team option".

The natural progression continues!

* Chilwell: 3 senior games to his name (No Prem experience).

* Sessegnon: 1 senior game to his name (No Prem experience).

* Juanma: 0 senior games (No Prem or La Liga experience).

Some info about the allegedly 'fantastic' Juanma:

* Left-back, who can also play as a centre-back.

* 17 apps for Barcelona's U19s (six of those as captain), with 90% of games played as a centre-back. 6 games for Spain's U17 team.

* Jul 2016: Liverpool U21 boss Michael Beale's assessment: “Juanma [is] a very good player. He’s very versatile and can play in different positions. He reminds me.. of a Pablo Zabaleta-type player”.

Great - another 'versatile' player who operate in 'different positions'. Klopp obsession with multi-functional players seems to be infecting the academy too, and it looks like the manager's policy of signing 'Jack of all Trades' players also extends to the youth set-up.

Bottom line: three days till the new season kicks off, and Liverpool still have no competition and/or replacement for Alberto Moreno. This will inevitably come back to haunt the Reds this season.


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