Liverpool continue left-back search with bid for Ligue 1 star expected

Date published: Tuesday 17th December 2019 9:22 - Robert McCarthy

Liverpool are reportedly eyeing up a bid for French 18-year-old left-back Mathieu Goncalves in January as they look to add defensive strength in depth.

Goncalves came through the Toulouse academy and made his senior debut in a 4-0 Ligue 1 loss to Paris Saint-Germain back in August.

He has since made three more appearances and is being tipped to have a very bright future.

According to French outlet L’Equipe, Jurgen Klopp’s men are considering making Goncalves their latest young signing as they look to the future, with the Reds having also recently brought in the likes of 17-year-old Sepp van den Berg, while Ki-Jana Hoever, also 17, joined from Ajax’s academy in 2018.

The outstanding Andy Robertson remains the club’s first-choice left-back, with James Milner as his back-up, and with the latter penning a new deal last Friday there is no rush to bring in defensive cover.

However, Klopp is said to view Goncalves as an appealing long-term option, while Liverpool are also keen on young Coventry full-back Sam McCallum – as reported in Monday’s Paper Talk.

Meanwhile, Napoli are reportedly growing concerned that Liverpool could stump up more money for Genk midfielder Sander Berge.

The highly-rated Norwegian midfielder looks set to leave the Belgian side next year, with just 18 months remaining on his current contract.


Following Fabinho’s injury in November, the Reds were reportedly ready to bring forward their interest in Berge.

The 21-year-old is also being tracked by Napoli and Chelsea, with Gazzetta dello Sport (via Sport Witness) claiming that Berge is a back-up option for the Naples side in case they miss out on Arsenal midfielder Lucas Torreira.

And the Serie A outfit are understood to be worried that Liverpool ‘could offer a higher figure’ than the €20million that Napoli are prepared to pay for Berge. Read more…



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