Liverpool are reportedly interested in completing the signing of Genk youngster Bilal El Khannouss, but they aren’t the only club keen on snapping him up.
The Reds have strengthened their squad significantly in the past six months or so, completely rebuilding Jurgen Klopp’s midfield at a time when it was desperately needed.
While the likes of Alexis Mac Allister, Dominik Szoboszlai, Ryan Gravenberch and Wataru Endo have all arrived as immediate strong options, it is also important that Liverpool plan for the future and bring in emerging talent.
It looks as though the Merseysiders are doing exactly that, with a fresh transfer claim suggesting that an exciting player could potentially be on his way to Anfield.
According to Corriere dello Sport, Liverpool are eyeing a move for El Khannouss, who has been catching the eye for Genk with his performances.
Tottenham are also believed to be in the mix for the signing of the 19-year-old, however, with a move to either Premier League club mooted in the January transfer window.
It is stated that Manchester City are the team that El Khannouss would like to join the most, but there doesn’t appear to be any current interest in him from the reigning Champions League winners.
Our thoughts on Liverpool’s interest in El Khannouss…
El Khannouss may be a relative unknown to those who don’t watch Belgian football avidly, but he is someone who could come in as a long-term acquisition at Liverpool – an individual with a high ceiling who should only improve in the coming years.
There will reach a point when Klopp will again have to start considering making further changes to his squad, considering the likes of Virgil van Dijk and Mohamed Salah are now in their 30s.
El Khannouss is a player who could be part of the rebuild at Anfield, initially coming in as a squad player and developing over time – he could even be loaned out straight away to continue maturing – eventually becoming a key first-team figure.