Liverpool look set to win the 20-team transfer tug of war for Coventry City’s teenage left back Sam McCallum, according to 90min.com.
The outlet claims that the Reds have trumped the interest of a huge numbers of clubs, and are set to bring the 19-year-old in before loaning him back to the Midlands side for the rest of the season.
Manchester City, Chelsea and Leicester City are just three of the sides who have sent scouts to watch the youngster, who has made 18 appearances so far this campaign.
Jurgen Klopp’s team have opened talks with McCallum as they look to consolidate the left hand side of the defence, with only Andrew Robertson a senior, orthodox left back.
Well, we know that the left back situation at Liverpool is untenable in the long-term in its present state. It’s simply not sustainable for the Reds to have only Robertson at the club as a specialist left back. There are some youngsters coming through like Adam Lewis and Yasser Larouci, but the fact that the European champions have reportedly opened talks with McCallum suggests that they think he is ahead of that duo. He’s certainly had more first team experience, and is viewed as one of the hottest prospects outside the Premier League. He’s scored once and grabbed an assist in his 18 games this season, with 10 of his 16 League One appearances being starts [Source: Transfermarkt]. The fact that Liverpool have Robertson at the club, where he’s arguably not even reached his prime yet, means that there’d be no real pressure on McCallum, hence why he’d be loaned back to Coventry initially. James Milner can cover for a few more months, but it’d be good to get another proper left back in.