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‘Saka would have long wait behind Robertson at Liverpool’ – says McManaman

According to The Mirror, Liverpool are monitoring the progress of Bukayo Saka at Arsenal.

LONDON, ENGLAND – FEBRUARY 16: Bukayo Saka of Arsenal FC and Valentino Lazaro of Newcastle United during the Premier League match between Arsenal FC and Newcastle United at Emirates Stadium on February 16, 2020 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Visionhaus)

The 18-year-old has had a breakthrough season in North London operating up and down the left flank this campaign but has been most impressive as a left-sided attacking midfielder.

Despite the European champions being touted with a move for the talented teenager, Liverpool should only be interested if the Arsenal youngster ever became available as a free agent, says Steve McManaman.

The Arsenal academy graduate is only tied to terms at Emirates until the summer of 2021.

Those in north London are keen to put an extension in place and secure the youngsters’ services for the distant future, but no deal has been done as yet.

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Former Real Madrid McManaman can see why a highly-rated talent is currently in demand but was eager to point out that anyone arriving at the home of the Premier League champions-elect looking to fill a role on the left, is going to have a “long wait” for regular action behind Andy Robertson.

“He looks like a really good player, but he’s incredibly young,” McManaman told HorseRacing.net.

“If there are contract issues and he ever becomes available on a free transfer then that’s a no brainer because you’re taking someone on a free contract who’s young and has a lot of potential.

“If he continues his development at left-back, then he’s not as good as Andy Robertson at the moment.

“If he does join Liverpool then he’s got a long wait and Liverpool already have a couple of young left-backs waiting in the wings who we’ve seen in the FA Cup this year, who would probably be on a par with Bukayo Saka at this moment in time.

“It all depends on numerous things such as economics and whether it’s a deal that Liverpool thinks is worth doing. They may think that it’s a deal not necessarily in need, but they may do it anyway.”

PIRAEUS, GREECE – FEBRUARY 20: Bukayo Saka of Arsenal during the UEFA Europa League round of 32 first leg match between Olympiacos FC and Arsenal FC at Karaiskakis Stadium on February 20, 2020 in Piraeus, Greece. (Photo by David Price/Arsenal FC via Getty Images)

What RTK has to say

This could be a major coup for Jurgen Klopp and Liverpool if a move materialises.

If Saka doesn’t sign a new contract at Arsenal then we would be able to negotiate with him from next January.

Liverpool have proven to be the masters of the dark arts when constructing major deals behind the scenes and sporting director Michael Edwards could be up to his old tricks again.

The Reds have lacked cover on the left-flank for some time now and have been heavily reliant on Robertson avoiding injury since Alberto Moreno left the club last summer – Yasser Larouci and Adam Lewis remain Liverpool’s only cover at left-back.

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