Jurgen Klopp should have kept a close eye on Manchester City’s 2-0 victory over Fulham in the Carabao Cup.
The Citizens cruised into the semi-final at the expense of the Cottagers despite Kevin De Bruyne leaving the field due to injury. If the Belgian is sidelined yet again, Liverpool could receive a welcome boost in the title race. However, it was the performance of youngster Brahim Diaz that should have got Klopp’s attention.
Valued at £4.5m by Transfermarkt, Diaz is considered one of the brightest prospects to emerge from City’s youth academy and was expected to follow in the footsteps of Phil Foden to the City first-team. Pep Guardiola selected the youngster in the quarter-final tie, and he repaid his faith by scoring his first two goals for the club. Despite his promising showings, Diaz is yet to agree on a new contract that expires in the summer – Liverpool should look to take advantage.
The 19-year-old’s first-team opportunities have been severely restricted with an abundance of attacking talent on offer to Guardiola at the Etihad. A move to Anfield could see an increase in playing time with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain currently sidelined and reports suggesting Liverpool won’t make a move for Aaron Ramsey. Diaz will also be encouraged by Klopp’s work with Liverpool’s youngsters with both Trent Alexander-Arnold and Joe Gomez enjoying crucial roles in the side.
Training with players such as De Bruyne and David Silva would have only improved the youngster’s ability as well as working with a world-class coach like Guardiola. Despite being a huge admirer, the Spaniard would be powerless to keep his prized asset if he forced a move.
Landing one of their rival’s most promising talents would be a huge win for Liverpool.
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