18 May 2017

Deal Close? Klopp still desperate to sign 'excellent' £15m sensation; Liverpool 13/5 favourites to agree transfer

With the summer transfer window fast approaching, Jurgen Klopp is reportedly remains interested one of the Championship's brightest prospects.

Last month, The Independent claimed that Liverpool were close agreeing a deal for 'excellent' Fulham star Ryan Sessegnon, and according to the Liverpool Echo today:

"Ryan Sessegnon remains Liverpool's top left-back target. The Reds intend to pursue Sessegnon as a replacement for Alberto Moreno. Klopp believes he [is] the ideal new recruit to compete with James Milner for the left-back spot".

UK Bookmakers currently have Liverpool as 13/5 favourites to sign Sessegnon, but if this story is true, then it's concerning that:

* Klopp intends to play Milner out of position yet again next season as a left-back, even though Milner recently admitted that he is 'frustrated' with being played out of position.

* Klopp thinks that £15m-rated Sessegnon - who has zero top flight and/or European experience - is the only backup left-back Liverpool need in a European season.

Fulham boss Slavisa Jokanovic is keen to keep Sessegnon, and in a recent interview, he urged the youngster to continue his development at Craven Cottage:

"The best thing is for [Sessegnon] to stay with us, and keep learning and preparing for a more important step. He should just enjoy his first days as a professional at this level".

Jokanovic is obviously right, but his words will probably fall on deaf ears. There's (arguably) no developmental reason for a 16/17-year old to leave when he's playing regular first-team football.

Liverpool need an experienced left-back, not a kid who is still growing and physically developing.

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