5 May 2017

Next Mane? Klopp pushing to sign 'brilliant' £22m sensation as part of Liverpool transfer overhaul

Liverpool are reportedly preparing a move for one of Leicester City's bit-part players during the upcoming summer transfer window.

Last month, the Daily Mail claimed:

"Liverpool are [tracking] Demarai Gray as they formulate their plans for a summer overhaul".

Now, the Mail further claims:

"Liverpool, Tottenham and Everton are monitoring Demarai Gray as he weighs up his future".

When asked recently about his future, Gray admitted that he is 'frustrated' with life on the bench at Leicester:

"It is not a nice feeling when you are not selected, but that’s how it goes. When I’ve had to come off the bench I’ve tried my best to impact the team. I just have to keep working hard in training".

Some info about Gray:

* 20-year old left-winger. Can also play on the RW. Contract expires: 2020

* Leicester: 9 goals/assists in 51 apps (Goal every 953 mins. G/A every 211 mins).

* Jan 2016: Martin O'Neill raved: "He is brilliant at taking players on, coming from the left into one vs. one. It doesn't matter who he is up against".

Despite his complaints, Gray as been granted 1575 minutes of game time this season, which is not too shabby for a 20-year old. Perhaps if he scored a few more goals, he might've started a few more games? Right now, Gray's minutes-per-goal ratio if extremely poor, and that return is not £22m, which is the reported buyout clause.

In any event, if the Reds' interest is real, then it just shows yet again that the club is planning to persist with the failed 'buy 'em young' policy, which continues to yield zero results for the club. Liverpool need the finished article in several positions, not more players with potential to come good in 4-5 years.

Plus, why spend £15m+ on a young, inexperienced winger when Liverpool already have Harry Wilson, who has contributed close to 60 goals/assists for the U23s this season?


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