Liverpool transfer news: Jurgen Klopp ‘preparing a bid’ for attacking phenom Calvin Ramsay

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Liverpool are ready to move for Aberdeen right-back Calvin Ramsay who his manager has admitted will be difficult to retain this summer.

Liverpool’s right-back position is locked up for the foreseeable future with Trent Alexander-Arnold. At 23, the boyhood Red is likely to remain at Anfield for the long haul, though that makes signing adequate back-up tough.

Jurgen Klopp’s current options when Alexander-Arnold misses out are Joe Gomez, James Milner and Neco Williams, who was loaned out to Fulham in January.

Williams is the most obvious like-for-like replacement with the Welshman favouring the attacking side of the game.

However, talk of a permanent switch to Fulham has emerged and their promotion to the top flight ensures they’ll have money to spend.

Gomez too has been linked with a move away after struggling to garner minutes at his regular position of centre-half. Steven Gerrard’s Aston Villa continue to be touted across the media, while Fulham also cannot be discounted.

As such, Liverpool have been regularly mentioned alongside a swoop for Aberdeen youngster, Calvin Ramsay.

Despite being just 18-years-old, Ramsay has been a regular fixture at Pittodrie this season.

Indeed, Ramsay has started 18 SPL matches this year and has racked up impressive offensive numbers across all competitions.

While his goals tally stands at just one, his assists return is a rather more eye-catching nine.

Liverpool readying Aberdeen raid

Now, AberdeenLive report Liverpool are prepared to act on their interest and are readying a bid.

Klopp has reportedly already identified Ramsay as the perfect understudy to Alexander-Arnold. However, he is not alone in his admiration.

Italian side Bologna tried their luck with a £4.8m bid in January. The offer was rejected, and their loss may become Liverpool’s gain.

Aberdeen boss Jim Goodwin rates Ramsay among the top tier of young full-backs in world football right now. However, he also admitted it’ll be difficult to keep the phenom in Scotland for much longer.

“Prior to January, Calvin was probably one of the best young full-backs in the world to be perfectly honest,” said Goodwin. “That is not an over-exaggeration.

“His stats, his data in terms of his attacking numbers, putting crosses in the box were incredible.

“He had a little dip in form. Whether that was because his head was turned in January with whether he was moving or not moving.

“As a young lad that can all weigh you down. But I think against Dundee we saw him getting back to his best.

“I know there’s a lot of interest in Calvin. With him winning the Writers’ award last week and being up for other awards that is going to generate more interest.

“What happens in the summer will happen. Every player has got valuations.

“If someone comes in and are very serious about taking a player then obviously we will have to consider every option.”

Calvin Ramsay a Red in waiting?

The Writers’ award Goodwin referred to was the Scottish Football Writers’ Association Young Player of the Year. Ramsay scooped that accolade, joining the likes of Kieran Tierney on the honours board who won the gong three years running between 2016-18.

Liverpool’s system relies heavily on their full-backs providing a creative outlet. And with Klopp extending his Merseyside stay until 2026 last week, that won’t soon change.

Ramsay’s attacking tendencies would therefore fit the bill at Anfield. Additionally, his status as a young, developing player would present fewer problems compared to signing an established star who’ll barely play.

What’s more, there are few better right-backs in world football right now to learn from than Alexander-Arnold.

The obvious stumbling block would be Neco Williams.

The 21-year-old has shone since moving to Craven Cottage in January. He too has shown he can rack up offensive numbers with a pair of goals and assists each in just 14 league matches.

Williams and Ramsay’s futures at Anfield could thus be intertwined. It would seem unlikely there would be a need to have both players on the books given Alexander-Arnold is only 23.

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