A report claims that Liverpool are tracking Club Brugge winger Arnaut Danjuma Groeneveld.

The Daily Mail make the claim, adding Tottenham Hotspur, Everton, and AC Milan to the mix. They also report that Milan offered £9million to Brugge this month, although they rejected the bid.

That isn’t a large amount of money for an in-demand 21-year-old winger and you’d imagine that price will rise. Interest from the Premier League will inevitably drive it up, although it’s unlikely to rise beyond the reach of Liverpool.

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Transfermarkt report the Jupiler Pro League record sale as £23.58m – AS Monaco paid it 18-months ago for Youri Tielemans – and even that isn’t too high for a winger the Reds deem promising.

The real gamble

But Liverpool are at a stage where the finances aren’t the gamble. Instead, the real consideration is the progression of other talented players – every signing comes with an opportunity cost now.

The Liverpool Echo reported that as one of the reasons Dominic Solanke was sold. Jurgen Klopp is a keen admirer of Rhian Brewster and thus didn’t consider Solanke as important.

Klopp needs to make the same consideration if Liverpool want Danjuma Groeneveld. Any forward player risks taking time away from Brewster, given the fluidity of the forward line, while there’s also Harry Wilson to consider.

 

There could soon be an opening for a new winger, however, and Mohamed Salah is key.

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Both Daniel Sturridge & Divock Origi are approaching the end of their contracts and will need replacing. But with Salah playing more as a striker, signing a winger makes sense.

So perhaps Liverpool should consider Danjuma Groeneveld – if they feel he’s good enough to immeditely compete. He’d have Xherdan Shaqiri, a returning Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, and Sadio Mane to compete with on the wing. Then there’s Salah, Brewster and, perhaps, Wilson.

Should Liverpool move for Danjuma Groeneveld?

It makes no sense to sign a young player who won’t get the time to develop. It’s also unhelpful to block your own promising talents with new signings.

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That’s why a move for Danjuma Groeneveld would be a gamble for Liverpool. He could have all the potential in the world but it’s a pointless move if he’s not the right fit at the moment.

You’re gambling to some extent with every move but particularly with young players. Liverpool need to make sure they have the right player to take that chance on.

If that’s Danjuma Groeneveld then a move should be made – but there could be a painful opportunity cost if they get it wrong.

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