29 Apr 2017

Deal Close? Liverpool reps sent to watch 'incredible' sensation who's 'causing mayhem'. Boss confirms transfer is possible

Liverpool are desperate for a new left-back this summer, and new reports this week suggest Jurgen Klopp Liverpool is planning a shock raid on League One outfit Oxford City.

According to the Daily Mail:

"Scouts from Liverpool...are expected to watch 26-year-old Marvin Johnson against Shrewsbury on Sunday. Oxford have an uphill task to keep Johnson this summer as clubs line up to sign him".

Some info about Johnson:

* Left-back, who previously played as a left-midfielder. Contract expire: 2019

* Oxford: 51 apps (17 goals/assists. One every 236 mins).

* Jan 2017: Oxford boss Michael Appleton raved: "He [Johnson] is in incredible form. He’s causing mayhem as a left back and is continually creating opportunities”

* March 2017: Marvin on transfer rumours: "It’s just rumours, but for people to be talking about you then you must be doing something right".

* March 2017: When asked if Oxford will sell Johnson this summer, Appleton admitted: "We know we’ll get three or four offers. Everyone has a price. I’m not daft, football is a business".

Unfortunately, this transfer breaks a cardinal rule of football: Never, under any circumstances, sign a full-back with the surname 'Johnson' ;-D

But seriously, it's a big step up from League One to the Premier League, and prior to this season, Johnson had spent the bulk of his career in non-league football. A move to Liverpool will be an exciting, fairytale achievement for Johnson (and good luck to him if he manages to secure the transfer), but it's doubtful that he'll push the Reds to the next level.

On the other hand, the same argument could've been made about Jamie Vardy before he signed for Leicester, and look where he is now...


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