Liverpool transfer nearing completion for attacker with untapped potential

Date published: Wednesday 18th August 2021 11:13 - Steve Pearson

A contest for possession between MK Dons star Louis Thompson and Blackpool's Ben Woodburn

A Liverpool deal that could finally bring the best out of a young forward with untapped potential is on the verge of completion, per multiple reports.

Liverpool have kept their powder relatively dry this summer in stark contrast to their title rivals. Ibrahima Konate arrived from RB Leipzig for £36m. Though it would appear the Frenchman is unlikely to be a regular starter this season after Joel Matip was chosen to partner Virgil van Dijk versus Norwich.

Nevertheless, Konate’s arrival will help to avert the type of injury crisis that ravaged their title defence last year. In typical Reds fashion, the club have virtually paid off the cost of Konate’s cost through player exits.

The sales of Liam Millar, Kamil Grabara, Taiwo Awoniyi, Marko Grujic and Harry Wilson have generated a combined £33m. Though according to multiple reports, the exits will not stop there.

Sky Sports state that promising playmaker Ben Woodburn is ‘in discussions’ with Scottish side Hearts.

A loan deal is mooted for the 21-year-old who was once the most exciting prospect in Liverpool’s academy. His career has not progressed as many had predicted since arriving on the scene in 2016.

Loan spells at Sheffield Utd, Oxford and Blackpool materialised, and the Edinburgh Evening News are confident a fourth loan is around the corner. Taking the story a step further, they insist Woodburn has ‘agreed terms’ on a loan switch ‘until January.’

There is reportedly scope for the length of the deal to be extended. The article claim his stay north of the border ‘could be extended if all parties are happy.’

The move seemingly suits every interested party. Liverpool are described as ‘happy’ to let the Welsh international gain more first-team experience. Woodburn is ‘keen’ to prove the hype surrounding him as a teenager was not misplaced, and Hearts will be receiving a ready-made attacker with some top level experience.


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Remarkable recovery gives Klopp selection headache

Meanwhile, a Liverpool star has seemingly given Jurgen Klopp a selection headache after his social media post hinted he is ready to return to action.

Andy Robertson missed Liverpool’s opening contest with Norwich through injury after sustaining ankle ligament damage against Athletic Bilbao in pre-season.

Klopp admitted Liverpool were “lucky” with regards to the Scot’s injury. That’s because Robertson was expected to be sidelined up until the international break after gameweek three.

However, Robertson has confounded expectations and could be in line for a return as early as next weekend. The left-back took to Twitter to post a picture of himself engaging in light training.

Klopp reportedly personally intervened to reject transfer offers for Robertson’s stand-in – Kostas Tsimikas – throughout the summer. And it appears his faith in Tsimikas could be tested as early as Saturday with a partially-fit Robertson now back in the mix.

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