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Liverpool landing £22.5m-rated full-back would threaten Sadio Mane’s first-team place

The Liverpool fans in the Transfer Tavern are intrigued by rumours linking their side with a move for Fulham’s Ryan Sessegnon this summer. 

Jurgen Klopp’s side have been in fine form in recent months, and their progression is giving our resident Reds faithful plenty of reason to be optimistic about their chances of mounting a title challenge next season. Liverpool will certainly need to add a handful of new additions to their current squad in order to bridge the gulf in class between themselves and Manchester City, otherwise they will be cut adrift of the title race once again next season.

According to the Daily Express, the club are interested in landing one of, if not England’s most promising young player, namely Ryan Sessegnon (valued at £22.5 million by Transfermarkt) of promotion-chasing Fulham. The report claims that PSG and Manchester United are leading the chase to sign the 17-year-old wonderkid, but that Liverpool and Tottenham are also expressing an interest.

Sessegnon began his career as a left-back, but the extent of his attacking quality has encouraged Slavisa Jokanovic to play him in a more advanced left-midfield role this season, and Fulham have reaped the rewards of that decision so far. In 44 league appearances for the club Sessegnon has managed to score 15 goals whilst laying on a further 6 goals for his teammates – a truly staggering record for a player of his age and experience.

Sessegnon’s success in an advanced role suggests that his talent in the final-third would be wasted at left-back, so the Liverpool supporters should fully expect Klopp to play him in-front of Robertson or Moreno, rather than instead of the aforementioned pairing following his arrival at Anfield. With that being said, Sadio Mane’s place in the first-team will certainly come under threat if Sessegnon makes the switch from Craven Cottage to Anfield this summer.

Mane’s performances have rather been overshadowed by the outstanding form of Roberto Firmino and Mo Salah so far this season, although there is a suggestion from certain corners that the Senegalese international has failed to emulate the level of quality he consistently displayed during the previous campaign.

Mane has managed to maintain his place in Liverpool’s first-team without any pressure due to a lack of competition for places, but that would all change following Sessegnon’s arrival. The rising English talent would certainly struggle to immediately break into Liverpool’s first-team, but his presence would give Klopp an extra option in attack and a worthy replacement for Mane should he fall below the standard that is expected of him.

Liverpool fans – thoughts? Let us know below!

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