It was well publicised that Jurgen Klopp wasn’t going to bring in an experienced left-back to battle James Milner for a starting spot, but instead sign Fulham’s 17-year-old wonderkid Ryan Sessegnon, with the view of moulding him into the role long-term…
But today, Paul Joyce announced in the Times that the Englishman is no longer a target.
“Interest in Fulham’s Ryan Sessegnon has ended with Tottenham Hotspur now favourites to sign the 17-year-old left back,” he said.
It’s thought that Sessegnon would prefer to stay at the family home in London rather than move to Merseyside, and you can understand his.
It does however mean that Liverpool are sure to turn our attentions elsewhere, with Alberto Moreno still expected to depart – having endured the 2016/17 campaign on the bench.
It’ll now be mighty interesting to see who Klopp lines up next. The fact we went for Sessegnon initially suggests he favours a talented youngster over someone who’d directly replace Milner, despite many fans’ wishes.
Due to Sessegnon being the overwhelming first choice, there are no names floating about at the moment, but Liverpool showed today with the surprised announcement of Dominic Solanke that deals can be announced out of the blue.
Klopp wants his transfers done quickly, to maximise integration time during pre-season, but with nobody in the pipeline, there’s no indication as to when the new left-back will arrive.