Takefusa Kubo already gave Liverpool verdict and named two favorite players amid transfer links

Takefusa Kubo has been linked with Liverpool
Takefusa Kubo has been linked with Liverpool -Credit:2024 Ion Alcoba Beitia

Liverpool looks likely to announce Arne Slot as the club's new coach. Although still not official, the Dutchman will be given the mammoth task of guiding Liverpool in the post-Jürgen Klopp era.

Slot has professed his love of wingers and, considering Liverpool likely won't change from Klopp's 4-3-3 system, even after he is gone, expect the club to be linked to a host of them this summer.

The future of Mohamed Salah is also up in the air. Salah is tied to Liverpool until the summer of 2025, but with the Egyptian turning 32 next month, there is little doubt that the club needs to think about a life post-Salah. Harvey Elliott has often replaced Salah on the right-hand side, but Elliott has also been utilized as a midfielder, and so it would make sense for the club to potentially sign an out-and-out winger this summer.

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Moreover, with Salah continually linked with a lucrative move to Saudi Arabia (via Sky Sports), Liverpool may need to act this summer rather than wait a year.

One of those wingers already being linked with a move to the club is Real Sociedad star Takefusa Kubo. Having made the permanent move to the Basque region from Real Madrid in 2022, the Japan international is catching the eye.

Kubo has made 26 appearances in La Liga this term, scoring seven goals and providing three assists. That has led to tentative links with Liverpool, with 'Sam C Reports', citing a source, claiming the Reds hold an interest. He further suggests that there is a release clause set at $65m (£51m/€60m).

Kubo has spoken in the past of his admiration for Liverpool. In a 2019 interview with Goal Japan, Kubo professed how he liked the way Liverpool played.

“There aren’t many teams I like”, Kubo replied when asked about his favorite team, past or present. “I don’t have a particular team [but] Liverpool is the most interesting soccer team these days. When I watch [them], I think ‘what a great team’. This is a slightly [stronger], different feeling from ‘like’ and ‘wow’.”

Moreover, Kubo also stated his love for Sadio Mané and Salah, both of whom were at their peak at the time.

“I like fast and skillful players. I think every strong club has these types of players, but when I see players like [Mané and Salah], I think, ‘Wow that’s amazing’.“ says: Kubo could make for an interesting option for Liverpool this summer should it want to sign a winger. However at just 22, Liverpool might be too big a jump in his young career. Perhaps the club could keep an eye on him over the next couple of years and if he continues to develop, attempt to bring him to Anfield.