Liverpool blueprint clear as Reds close in on deal for Aberdeen’s Calvin Ramsay16 June 2022
Premier League runner-up Liverpool is close to securing a deal for Aberdeen’s teenage sensation Calvin Ramsay.
The Scottish youth international was a shining light at Pittodrie Stadium this season, with the 18-year-old local and youth academy graduate featuring thirty-three times for The Dons in 2021-22, and is now looks set to ply his trade at Anfield next season.
Liverpool will shell out an initial £4million to bring the U21 star to Anfield with an additional £2.5-million in add-ons possible according to the Daily Mail’s Dominic King.
Liverpool have made a breakthrough in their pursuit of Calvin Ramsey; a £4m deal has been agreed, with £2.5m in add-ons. A medical will be next.
It would also seem, at this stage, that will be it in terms of incomings.
— Dominic King (@DominicKing_DM) June 16, 2022
Ramsay was named the Scottish Football Writers’ Young Player of the Year in 2021-22, and the prospect of working under Jürgen Klopp while learning from the likes of countryman Andrew Robertson as well as fellow right-back Trent Alexander Arnold could be a massive chance that could benefit both Scotland and Liverpool in the coming seasons.
An attacking full-back, Ramsay has the most assists for a full-back aged 20 years old or younger in all of Europe last term according to Scottish expert Ally Begg, clearly showing that Liverpool continues to recruit players that fit the mold under Klopp.
Moreover, and more importantly, Ramsay’s age profile shows that Liverpool has intentionally continued the trend of recruiting younger players this season as they bid for sustainability and long-term potential is at the forefront of what the club aims to achieve both domestically and in Europe over the coming years.
Before the impending deal, Liverpool already secured both SL Benfica’s Darwin Núñez (22) and Fulham starlet Fabio Carvalho (19). This is added to the fact that deals last season for Ibrahima Konaté (23) and Luis Diáz (25), puts the average age of the last five signings by the club at a youthful twenty-one.
With Núñez set to replace Sadio Mané (30) as the Senegalese star looks destined for a move to Bayern Munich this summer, the club has also seen fit to look at long-term solutions for the inevitable departures – or regression – of star pair Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino; both of whom are also thirty.
When added to other young(er) standout profiles through Diogo Jota, Harvey Elliot, Curtis Jones, and the aforementioned defensive pair of Alexander-Arnold and Konaté, the recent deals that Liverpool have pushed through dictating that, despite the amount of money the club has spent, their preference remains long-term solutions to build around rather than relying on yearly additions of a more veteran profile.
The club is likely to take the same approach after the upcoming 2022-23 season after the Ramsay deal is set to be the final piece of the summer transfer program under Klopp.
But expected business to revamp midfield options as Jordan Henderson and James Milner progress in age should mean that Liverpool will continue on their present course and hope that it will be enough to outstrip Manchester City in the long run.
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