Former Leeds striker Noel Whelan believes that Liverpool’s latest signing Calvin Ramsay may have snubbed rival interest to join the Reds from Aberdeen.
The 18-year-old will undergo a medical and officially move to Merseyside on July 1 after the two clubs agreed an initial fee of £4million rising to £6.5m based on add-ons and bonuses.
Ramsay will join Darwin Nunez and Fabio Carvalho as the newest additions to Jurgen Klopp’s squad.
But Whelan is certain the Reds will have beaten off plenty of competition to land the right-back.
Asked if he thought other teams were in for Ramsay, Whelan told Football Insider: “Yeah. I think when you get certain clubs that come in for a battle, you’ve got a Liverpool team there, with the manager, the setup, the players that are already there, it’s hard to compete against.
“They can grow him. He can fit right into the squad, get that experience and become a better player. That comes from playing with better players and having a manager like Jurgen Klopp.
“Especially as young player as well because you know that you’re not developed quite enough right now. At such tender age of 18, you’ve still got a good four years to learn your trade.
“If you’re going to learn it, why not learn it by watching and playing with some of the best full-backs in the world.”
Ramsay to take on squad role
Ramsay broke into the Aberdeen first team during the 2020/21 season. He made 39 appearances across all competitions for the Dons last season, scoring once.
He is expected to be the full-time understudy to Trent Alexander-Arnold at Anfield. Neco Williams, meanwhile, is being moved on to make room in the first-team squad.
Both Fulham, where he spent last season on loan, and Nottingham Forest are keen on the Wales international.