Liverpool appear to be closing in on another Scottish full-back. Aberdeen’s Calvin Ramsay is the man readying to move to Merseyside.
What’s the word?
That’s according to reliable journalist Fabrizio Romano, who had the following to say on his Twitter:
“Liverpool are progressing in talks with Aberdeen for Calvin Ramsay”, the Italian started.
“Personal terms agreed as fullback wants LFC move, work in progress to get it done with add-ons in the agreement.”
The perfect Alexander-Arnold understudy
Jurgen Klopp’s men are currently in possession of two of the world’s best fullbacks in Andy Robertson and Trent Alexander-Arnold. Anyone would struggle to displace them.
The latter in particular, though, given his homegrown nature and being just 23 years of age, has plenty of years to continue growing, whilst also showing no signs of slowing down in the foreseeable future.
Calvin Ramsay will be keen to make the move to Anfield to soak up as much as he can from arguably the greatest attacking full-back in recent years, however, he cannot expect a huge amount of game time.
Instead, he will act as a perfect deputy, whilst constantly growing in the wings and pushing the £72m-rated man every day.
The Scottish full-back averages a 7.01 rating on WhoScored when playing in his favoured right-back position, nonetheless, his versatility can lend to Klopp’s side.
WhoScored also ranks his crossing and key passes as ‘very strong’, and this is backed up by his 42 key passes in just 24 games.
Also, his six goal contributions in the league this season are a solid foundation to continue building from, and are far better than the £180k-per-week star’s statistics at that age, who was just getting his start in senior football.
Alexander-Arnold boasts 90 key passes in just 32 league appearances, which does not denote a resounding disparity between the two.
Perhaps the 18-year-old is not all that far behind the Merseyside-born maestro and upgrading to Anfield could unlock his skillset further.
Former Scottish Premiership manager Brian Rice was full of praise for the youngster and expects big things in the near future.
He described him as “good on the ball with both feet. He has great energy, his deliveries are excellent and he has a real confidence despite being relatively young”.
He finished by claiming that “the young boy looks to have a massive future in the game if he keeps progressing the way he has.”
Although he will not immediately be guaranteed a starting spot, all the signs are there that he can challenge the 23-year-old for the previously undisputed right-back position.
It will take time, but the two could form a fearsome rivalry that could propel both of their careers to the stars.
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