Liverpool sent scouts to watch Newcastle United midfielder Sean Longstaff this season, according to The Chronicle.
The newspaper claims that the Reds watched the 21-year-old in person after he made his first team breakthrough with the Magpies, before suffering a season-ending injury.
Premier League champions Manchester City also sent a delegation to gather a report on the youngster, while Sky Sports reported on Friday that Liverpool’s fierce rivals Manchester United are interested in signing the player.
This is an interesting tid-bit from The Chronicle. Liverpool have never really been one of the names bandied about in regards to a potential move for Longstaff, so this does come as a bit of a surprise. Perhaps it shouldn’t do, though. It’s natural for a big team like the Reds to keep tabs on upcoming young talents like Longstaff, particularly one performing so well at Premier League level. Obviously his injury seems to have cooled the interest in him from both Jurgen Klopp’s side and City, but United have evidently seen enough to convince them that it’s worth making a move for the youngster. It remains to be seen whether Liverpool will follow up their scouting reports with an actual move for Longstaff, one to rival the Red Devils. He’s probably not someone that the Reds need at this moment in time, particularly so early on in his development.