Eintracht Frankfurt striker Ali Akman has said it’s his dream to play for Liverpool after he turned down the opportunity to sign for Manchester City, according to reports.
This comes from Goal and Spox. They say that the 18-year-old wonderkid hasn’t ruled out the possibility of taking his talents to the English top-flight, despite snubbing Pep Guardiola for a move to the Bundesliga.
Speaking with NTV Spor last week, Akman said he chose Frankfurt over City because he felt the Commerzbank Arena, as opposed to the Etihad Stadium, presented more viable opportunities to take his game to the next level.
You only need to look at the Bundesliga table to see why the talented teenager came to such a conclusion. Frankfurt are currently on course for a top-four finish under highly-rated coach, Adi Hunter, with the German outfit trailing just Bayern Munich and RB Leipzig in the league standings.
Akman, a Turkey youth international, will also have been taken aback by the influence Hunter has had on Andre Silva, who made the switch from AC Milan last summer.
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Silva, 25, has been a revelation following an underwhelming spell in Serie A, clocking up 18 goals in 20 Bundesliga appearances this season – only Robert Lewandowski (24) has more. He also has three assists in that period, too.
It would seem, then, that Frankfurt represents a viable destination to hone Ackman’s talents in order to secure his dream move to Anfield in the distant future.
“First of all, I want to put people in a good mood (at Frankfurt) and play in the Champions League,” says Akman, via Fanatik.
“In the long term, however, I want to play in the Premier League or La Liga.”
“Liverpool, Real Madrid and Barcelona. Barca would be perfect. It isn’t easy to get to those levels, of course. But I have self-confidence.
“I am mentally strong and I am aware of the difficulties I will face. The most important point here is to work more and more every day.”
Who is Ackman?
Ackman, who was previously at Bursaspor since 2015, has scored 10 goals in 18 Turkish second-division matches this term.
He recently revealed that he models aspects of his game to none-other than six-time Ballon d’Or winner Lionel Messi.
“I watch European games a lot. Lionel Messi is doing this shot frequently,” he said.
“It is a shot that leaves the goalkeepers desperate. I watched it for hours without getting bored and scratched my head. I have been thinking about that goal for a year. I wanted to score such a goal.
“(Now) I show myself that I can.”
Given his ravenous hunger for self-betterment, it’s no surprise that a player as talented as Ackman is shooting for the stars in regards to his future prospects.
If he can follow a similar career trajectory at Frankfurt similar to the likes of Silva, Luka Jovic and Sebastien Hallen, then, there is no doubt the the highly-rated teen could have Liverpool’s attention sooner than he realises.