With Liverpool’s status as the reigning champions of England still in-tact for the time being, a host of potential future stars continue to be touted with an Anfield switch.
Amongst the most exciting names is a future starlet currently seeing his talents being utilised in the Turkish second division. The player under the microscopic watch of Liverpool is none other than imminent Eintracht Frankfurt striker Ali Akman.
Who is he?
The 18-year-old, who dreams of leading the line at Anfield under the tutelage of Jurgen Klopp, has previously publicly earmarked his intentions of representing the six-time European Cup winners.
“In the long term, I want to play in the Premier League or La Liga,” Akman, said per Goal and Spox in February.
“Liverpool, Real Madrid and Barcelona. It isn’t easy to get to those levels, of course, but I have self-confidence.”
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Indeed, this is quite the statement of assurance from the Bursaspor starlet, who has clocked up 18 league goals for his club side this season prior to his switch to the Bundesliga.
With his talents soon to be honed at Deutsche Bank Park, the former home to the attacking talents of Ante Rebic, Luka Jovic, Sebastien Haller and currently Andre Silva, Akman has confidence that he is in the right place to take his footballing talents to the next level.
The free-scoring teenager has a deal in principle to join up with the 2019 Europa League semi-finalists at the end of the season. This could see Akman brought in to star alongside Portuguese sensation, Silva, who has clocked up 19 Bundesliga goals in just 21 appearences.
Still, with Akman’s imminent future taking him to Frankfurt, this hasn’t blindsided the forward’s long-term ambitions of one-day making the transition to Merseyside.
Akman on his Anfield heroes
In fact, Akman has said he has intentions of replicating the success of two legendary Anfield number nines.
“I like Fernando Torres very much,” he told March edition of the Turkish Football Federation magazine. “He was very good at Liverpool. His hair would fly. I was very impressed.
“I admired Torres.
“(But) I can’t help but mention Roberto Firmino alongside Torres, (Sergio) Aguero and (Lautaro) Martinez. He plays like the number 10, not like a forward. I like his playing style too. I’m trying to learn something from him.”
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Indeed, Akman isn’t lacking in terms of his ambitions to reach the top – and who are we to deprive him of his right to reach for the stars.
After all, Frankfurt feels like an ideal destination for Akman to learn his trade, while catching the watchful eye of some of Europe’s most lucrative suitors.
We’ll certainly be watching his prosperous career path with interest in the coming months.