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Opinion: Ryan Sessegnon is slipping out of Jurgen Klopp’s grasp

Opinion: Ryan Sessegnon is slipping out of Jurgen Klopp’s grasp

The rise of Andrew Robertson has left Alberto Moreno surplus to requirements at Anfield and seemingly destined to depart the club at the end of the season, leaving Jurgen Klopp with a dilemma to ponder over. 

The departure of Moreno is unlikely to stir up too much emotion among either the Liverpool supporters or Klopp, but it’s an inevitable-looking scenario which will leave the club needing to find a replacement.

Liverpool have 18-year-old full-back Adam Lewis at their disposal and he has naturally been touted as a potential candidate to slot into the first-team, but it’s difficult to assess his credentials with no previous experience at senior level.

The obvious solution for Klopp is to bring in a new left-back but convincing a talented and experienced player to join and potentially play second-fiddle to Robertson is a scenario which will deter high calibre candidates from succumbing to Anfield’s charm.

With that being said, it would be wise for Klopp to target a versatile player who can play in a variety of roles, and one player who more than fits the bill is Fulham’s Ryan Sessegnon.

The 18-year-old wonderkid bagged his first Premier League goal on Saturday afternoon in Fulham’s defeat at Cardiff City, and it appears the Cottagers are keen to tie him down to a new deal in light of his landmark achievement.

Indeed, according to the Daily Mail, Fulham are set to open contract talks with Sessegnon in a bid to agree fresh terms before rival interest starts to intensify.

Although Sessegnon has enjoyed the majority of his success with Fulham in a more advanced left-wing role, he actually started his career as a left-back before moving forward to hone in on his attacking prowess.

In terms of his ability to slot in at left-back, a reasonable critic would certainly be well within their rights to harbour reservations about his physical competency as he cuts a physical slight figure, but with an increase in strength training and natural physical development he will be well equipped to return to defence.

And considering Sadio Mane has little by way of competition on the left side of Liverpool’s fluid front-three, Sessegnon would become a favourite of Klopp’s due to his ability to offer both a fresh dynamic in attack and a solid alternative to the ever-dependable Robertson.

That Fulham are set to open contract negotiations certainly represents a blow for the Premier League’s top clubs, but particularly for Liverpool due to Sessegnon’s obvious credentials to solve a problem which looms on the horizon for the Reds.

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