This Liverpool side are the very best football team in the world. The first XI are all tied down to long term contracts and set to stick together for a few more seasons yet. There is no need to overhaul our first choice side so we should turn to youngsters. Liverpool should keep an eye on Atletico Madrid teenager Rodrigo Riquelme, he has been tipped to mirror Virgil van Dijk.

Liverpool should track Rodrigo Riquelme, he's been tipped to mirror Virgil van Dijk.

Liverpool should track Rodrigo Riquelme, he’s been tipped to mirror Virgil van Dijk. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Liverpool signed Virgil van Dijk from Southampton for a record transfer fee for a defender of £75m.

Before joining The Reds, the Dutchman had spent time at Southampton and Celtic – it was in the Scottish Premiership that we got our first glimpses into his brilliance.

Marca last week reported that Rodrigo Riquelme is wanted by Celtic and with the 19-year-old’s contract expiring at the end of the season he could make a free transfer to Celtic Park.

The 19-year-old can play on either wing as well as behind the striker, he’s already made two senior appearances for Atleti.

Alan Thompson was recently asked about the bhoy’s reported interest, he rold Read Celtic:

 

“Celtic have got a great track record of developing young players from European clubs, the likes of Van Dijk, Wanyama, [Odsonne] Edouard, [Moussa] Dembele.

“They’ve got a track record of doing that and it works for them. They have a history of bringing these players in, developing them and then selling them on for a lot of money, so I’d say it’s worth a go.”

If Celtic are indeed interested, Thompson makes a good point. The Glasgow side has a strong track record for identifying talent and profiting from them.

The Reds have previously been too late to the party, having paid an exuberant amount for Virgil van Dijk (though we was worth every penny).

If the next hidden gem is available on a free then perhaps Liverpool should take Celtic’s lead and track this youngster.

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