Takefusa Kubo, the ‘Japanese Messi’, is targeting a return to European football after being de-registered at Barcelona and told Goal that he thinks Liverpool play the ‘most interesting’ football.
The 17-year-old was a part of Barcelona’s famed La Masia academy but had to return to Japan after the club’s transfer transgressions.
He was ultimately de-registered and with a return to European football on his agenda, he has praised Liverpool’s style of play.
The young Japanese star told Goal: “The team I think play the most interesting football is Liverpool. I feel they are awesome when I watch their games. It’s not really to say they are my ‘favourite’, but more like ‘awesome’.”
There is nothing to suggest that Liverpool are interested in signing Kubo as Mundo Deportivo didn’t name the Reds on the lengthy list of clubs keen on acquiring his services.
He is certainly a highly-rated player and could have a lot to offer for whichever side he joins but is not necessarily a player that Klopp needs at the club.
Of course, he would be more likely to start with the U23s but Klopp has not shown a propensity for adding big names to his youth ranks, preferring to allow his youth coaches to train domestic talent.
Ki-Jana Hoever flys in the face of this sentiment but the 16-year-old was one of Ajax Amsterdam’s brightest young stars when he arrived at Liverpool and has already made a start for the first team.
His cameo against Wolverhampton Wanderers made him the youngest to ever appear in the FA Cup for Liverpool and the third youngest in all competitions.
The likes of Bobby Duncan and Adam Lewis are also showing great promise for the Liverpool U23s and will more than likely be the next to break through under Klopp.
Trent Alexander-Arnold’s rise to prominence will be used as the shining example for those being coached by Neil Critchley.