Liverpool’s hopes of making a fourth signing this summer have been boosted after the Reds had a bid accepted for Motherwell defender Sam Campbell.
This could have been prompted following a recent number of injuries to the likes of Joe Gomez, Joel Matip and Billy Koumetio who were all out of action during Liverpool’s 7-2 victory against Lincoln City.
The PA News Agency report that Liverpool will have to battle both Brighton Hove & Albion as well as Leeds United, who have also had bids accepted for the Scottish teenager.
As he is only 16, the decision remains up to Campbell as to which of the three interested Premier League parties he opts to go for. Crystal Palace are also claimed to be in the running although Roy Hodgson’s team are yet to have a formal bid accepted.
According to reports, Campbell is due to begin a trial with Liverpool ahead of a potential move to Merseyside.
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Sam Campbell: What you need to know
1) Campbell has risen to prominence in the footballing world ever since he made his debut for Motherwell under-18’s at just 14 years old.
2) He joined the Scottish Premiership side in December 2018 and has reportedly already been offered a three-year deal in a late attempt to persuade Campbell to remain at the club.
3) Campbell and Motherwell currently sit eighth in the Scottish top-flight having won two of their first eight games of the season.
4) Stephen Robinson’s side face Hapoel Beer-Sheva in the Europa third qualifying round on Thursday, with three graduates of the SFA performance school in Braidhurst – Max Johnston, Dean Cornelius and Matty Connolly – all in the club’s ranks.
Why his situation makes a move possible
Because of his age, Campbell isn’t allowed to turn professional until his 17th birthday which means the decision of whether he wants to join Liverpool or not can be decided by the player and his family rather than the club.
Liverpool struck a similar deal with Fulham last season when they signed a 16-year-old Harvey Elliott in 2019.
If Liverpool are able to get this deal over the line then it is great news for U18s coach Marc Bridge-Wilkinson and the academy.
Campbell could be set to link up with the likes of Layton Stewart who recently scored a hat-trick at Kirkby during Liverpool’s 5-0 victory against Stoke City last weekend.
Jurgen Klopp is a proven success with young talent at the club having successfully integrated academy graduates such as Trent Alexander-Arnold, Curtis Jones and Neco Williams into the first-team set-up.
Despite their position as English and world champions, Liverpool still value the importance of youth and have proven in recent years that if you are good enough, then you certainly are old enough.
Recent academy success
Liverpool’s current youth setup at Kirkby was established in 1998, and will soon be the club’s first-team base too, with a £50 million redevelopment currently in the works.
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