Liverpool are monitoring Southampton defender Armel Bella-Kotchap amid growing admiration at Anfield for the German starlet, according to Spanish sources.
That has also been talked up by transfer insider Dean Jones, who has spoken to GIVEMESPORT of the 20-year-old’s bright future, with Liverpool’s reported interest not coming as a shock to him.
What’s the word?
Speaking to GIVEMESPORT about Bella-Kotchap, Jones said: “He’s certainly on a steep climb right now, called up for Germany and also linked to Liverpool.
“I don’t think it’s a surprise they would be monitoring him at this stage because the way he has adapted to the Premier League has been so impressive. He’s only 20 and I think he will end up at a top club within two years.”
Klopp will love it
These rumours will be music to the ears of Jurgen Klopp, who is not averse to doing business with Southampton, having prised the likes of Sadio Mane and Virgil van Dijk from St Mary’s in recent years.
The Reds manager will also be aware of the 20-year-old’s roots, having burst onto the scene last season in the Bundesliga with Bochum.
Amidst his call-up to the German national team, with the World Cup just around the corner, Bella-Kotchap’s name is fully on the map. After the performances he has put in for Southampton this season, it is no wonder as to why.
Bella-Kotchap tops the Fotmob ratings at St Mary’s this term with 7.53, courtesy of his squad-leading 5.2 clearances per 90, and the Saints’ second-best average of 2.5 interceptions per game.
The fact that it has taken just 540 minutes of Premier League football for the rest of the league and his respective national team to take notice speaks volumes.
If Liverpool are able to prise the starlet from the clutches of Ralph Hassenhuttl over the next couple of seasons, it’s a move which will feel reminiscent of the one which saw Van Dijk swap St Mary’s for Anfield in January 2018, with some sources tipping the starlet to become the 31-year-old’s long-term replacement on Merseyside.