Liverpool are reportedly among the clubs interested in signing 19-year-old Leon Bailey from Belgian club Genk.
With Sadio Mane at the Africa Cup of Nations with Senegal in Gabon, Liverpool have very little natural pace in the team and have, therefore, been linked with every winger or wide midfielder in Europe.
In continuation of this trend, we head over to Belgium and more specifically, Genk. 19-year-old Leon Bailey has been making a few headlines with his impressive form for the club, including his impressive European track record. The Jamaican has scored 11 goals in 18 games in the Europa League for Genk.
According to the Daily Mail (I know), Liverpool could make a bid this month with Bayer Leverkusen and Roma said to be escalating their interest in the player. Manchester United are said to no longer be interested in the young winger.
The player himself is adamant that unless he is guaranteed minutes at a club, he won’t be moving. Bailey is well-informed regarding his development and he is at a point in his career where it is critical that he is playing regularly to grow as a player.
“I’ve always dreamt of the Premier League,” Bailey told Belgian newspaper Het Laatste Nieuws, via the Express.
“But if, let’s say, Man United can’t guarantee me minutes, I will stay at Genk. The important thing is that in the near future there a lot of games to come.”
Liverpool wouldn’t be able to offer Bailey a starting spot in the first team so that pretty much rules out a move from the Reds. Plus, Philippe Coutinho played 60 minutes against Plymouth Argyle last night and is slowly returning to fitness and it might be that Liverpool won’t feel the effects of playing without Mane as much as expected.
This weekend, Swansea City will travel to Merseyside to play Liverpool in the Premier League and given the Swans poor run of form, it will provide the perfect opportunity for Jürgen Klopp’s side to returning to winning ways in the Premier League.