The Liverpool fans in the Transfer Tavern have been pleased by their club’s progress in the transfer window so far this summer, and they are hoping Jurgen Klopp will continue to show plenty of ambition in the transfer market.
With the transfer of Fabinho complete and Naby Keita set to move to Anfield, the Liverpool supporters propping up our bar have plenty of reason to feel optimistic ahead of the new season, but a recent report has provoked legitimate cause for concern in the tavern. According to the Liverpool Echo, Liverpool are interested in signing Gent’s Moses Simon this summer, although they face competition for his signature from “several Premier League clubs”.
The Nigerian international has a decent record in the Belgian Jupiler Pro League, but 5 goals and 2 assists from 20 appearances is not the type of return a club of Liverpool’s calibre should expect from an incoming signing. With that being said, Liverpool should look at alternatives to Simon this summer, and they may not have to look too far away to bolster their attacking options.
One avenue which Klopp would be wise to explore is utilising players from Liverpool’s youth set-up, as Joe Gomez and Trent Alexander-Arnold have already demonstrated the success that can be found with trusting in youth, and one man who is knocking on the door for a chance in the first team is 18-year-old Ben Woodburn.
Liverpool’s hot prospect has already made 7 appearances for the Welsh national team, and the feeling emerging from the club is that he is destined for a bright future in English football. It was widely believed that Woodburn would be handed an opportunity to shine last season, but the consistent fluidity and high standard of performance from Liverpool’s front-three restricted him to just 2 first-team appearances all season.
However, he trained with the first-team squad for the entirety of the season, so it seems plausible that Klopp is preparing him for further involvement during the next campaign. Considering Simon has hardly hit the ground running in Belgian football, bringing him to Anfield would represent a massive risk, so Klopp should trust in Woodburn’s abilities and give him a chance to shine in the first-team next season.
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