Reports claim Liverpool want Arsenal’s Bukayo Saka. The teenager would be a step into the next era at Anfield.
The Mirror say that the Reds want Saka in an article about Arsenal’s impending contract talks. Saka has forced his way into the Gunners’ first-team this season, leading to the interest.
Liverpool aren’t the only ones, of course. Manchester United and Bayern Munich join them in the hunt of one of Arsenal’s brightest prospects.
But what would Saka mean for Liverpool? They already have a left-back, to put things mildly. Andy Robertson is arguably the best around and Liverpool won’t replace him anytime soon.
So any signing at left-back would be for the future and that’s why this interest suggests the Reds are looking into their next era.
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You can see most of the hope for that era in Liverpool’s young team, of course. But while nearly every position is accounted for in that under 23 team, left-back remains uncertain.
Neither Yasser Larouci or Adam Smith have shone in their opportunities. It means that any young signing there isn’t blocking a great new hope – unlike in most other roles.
Saka, at 18 years old, would fit in nicely alongside Curtis Jones, Harvey Elliott et al as a teenager waiting to take over at Liverpool. He’s versatile, he’s got some experience and he’s the same age.
Liverpool would have to hope those contract talks go south so they get a chance. But if they do, Saka would be another part of the puzzle that is the next era.