Liverpool’s chances of signing Ryan Sessegnon may have been dealt a blow by the fact the left-back wants to continue playing first-team football.
This term for Fulham, his performances earned him a spot in the Championship Team of the Year, aged just 16, largely thanks to his unbelievable return of seven goals so far.
According to the Star, Sessegnon (apparently a Liverpool fan), doesn’t want to switch to a club where he’ll be playing Under-23 football – and considering his rapid development – this is probably fair enough.
An unnamed source (which always leaves us very suspicious…) told Starsport: “Ryan’s had a great season that has exceeded all expectations.
“He is aware of the interest but he has a 30-year-old’s head on a 16-year-old’s shoulders.
“If he leaves Fulham he knows he could end up playing under-23 football somewhere else – and that’s not what he wants to do.
“He sees Fulham as the best place to play his football – and he loves it there.”
Liverpool though want Sessegnon as James Milner’s direct competition, and with European football of some description a certainty for next season, he will get minutes – despite the fact he’ll only be 17.
Jurgen Klopp rates the teenager so highly he’s willing to offload Alberto Moreno and bring in Sessegnon as his direct replacement. Milner is the consummate professional and there’ll be nobody better to work with.
That, combined with the fact Sessegnon will get a chance to be taught by Klopp and play alongside the likes of Coutinho, will hopefully convince him to sign, providing we can agree a fee with the Cottagers.
If they get promoted, the potential fee could double.