Liverpool are reportedly in pole position to sign Aberdeen’s highly-rated right-back Calvin Ramsay.
What’s the word?
That’s according to Football Scotland, who claim that Aberdeen are preparing to make a final decision on the 18-year-old.
Aberdeen were supposedly hoping to drum up interest from a number of clubs in order to ensure they could get as much money as possible for their starlet, with a price tag of around £4m being touted.
Ramsay is said to be willing and interested in a move from the club but understands that with two years left on his contract the club will have the final say.
An Andy Robertson repeat
Liverpool and Jurgen Klopp have made it a habit of picking up talent on the cheap and allowing the German to mould them into superstars.
Andy Robertson, plucked from a relegated Hull City, is the obvious comparison as a fellow Scotsman who is now widely seen as one of the best in the world in his position.
Ramsay has been lauded for his intensity and fine attacking play, which instantly makes him a good fit for a Liverpool system that puts more offensive emphasis on the full-backs.
Robertson in particular has benefitted from this fluidity, allowing him to press higher up the pitch and better utilise his speed and work rate.
Ramsay’s crossing and key passes are highlighted as very strong attributes on WhoScored, and he boasts six goal contributions this season in the league. His 42 key passes in just 24 games also outlines him as someone with strong vision and the ability to execute.
The youngster also boasts a solid average SofaScore rating of 6.92, and this level of solid consistency combined with his age means he will be comfortable as a backup to Trent Alexander-Arnold, who he can learn so much from.
The teenager was this year a recipient of the Scottish Premiership’s ‘Young Player of the Season’, further cementing his remarkable ability and maturity beyond his years.
Brian Rice, a former Scottish Premiership head coach has gushed over the teenager’s performances this season. He has compared Ramsay to Nathan Patterson due to their shared attacking prowess. Patterson recently made the move from Rangers to Liverpool’s rivals Everton.
Rice went on to say the following about Ramsay’s abilities:
“He’s 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.
“There is no fear in the young lad Ramsay. He just wants to run at players and get at defences. That is fair play to Stephen [Aberdeen’s manager] for giving him the licence to express himself. He is only 18 and there looks to be [a] massive improvement to come.
“The young boy looks to have a massive future in the game if he keeps progressing the way he has. There will be big clubs looking at him.”
With his entire career laid out in front of him, a move to the Premier League would give Ramsay experience at the highest level playing with some of the best players in the world.
Under Jurgen Klopp, he is sure to evolve into a superstar who could one day challenge Alexander-Arnold for his right-back spot.
If he can develop into half the player that Robertson currently is, he will do well to continue this current golden generation of Scottish full-backs.