Villarreal’s Samuel Chukwueze is an ‘intriguing option’ for Liverpool, according to Goal. The Nigerian would be ideal for the Reds right now.

Chukwueze only made his top-flight debut for Villarreal in September. He’d featured for the ‘B’ team before that, although his senior experience is only a little over a year.

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But that works for Liverpool. We know that Jurgen Klopp asks a lot of his players, often leaving new players out of the side for months.

Some, like Xherdan Shaqiri, can fall out of favour if they don’t fit the Klopp mould. It’s why so much of his success, both at Anfield and with Borussia Dortmund, has come with young players.

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You only have to look at Trent Alexander-Arnold, Andy Robertson, or Joe Gomez to see the progress. None of them had been developed tactically in a meaningful way, and Klopp took advantage of that. Now all three, particularly the full-backs, are integral.

 

Chukwueze is of similar stock, having only played senior football for a year and is just 20 years old. The Nigerian is a fast, tricky winger – something Liverpool thrive on – and Klopp could turn a player like that into something special.

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Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah are two of the best wingers in the world. Liverpool don’t need first-choice wingers – they need players who can cover them and continue to learn. Ideally, the Reds want a player who can spend the next few years learning and then take over once the stars slow down.

Samuel Chukwueze could well be that player for Liverpool.

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