Liverpool near ‘bargain’ transfer of ‘classy’ playmaker as Jürgen Klopp seals next masterstroke

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Liverpool are hopeful of sealing a transfer worth around £ 4m for Aberdeen right-back and Scotland youth international Calvin Ramsay, with the move potentially to be completed this week.

Having already added the exciting Fábio Carvalho to their squad ahead of next season, Liverpool and Jürgen Klopp are now set to make what could prove to be another perfect signing for their team.

Leeds United were particularly interested in Ramsay, but Liverpool also beat off competition from Manchester United, Newcastle United, Tottenham, Leicester and among the others, along with sides in Italy and Germany.

Having impressed on loan at Fulham, it is likely that Welsh full-back Neco Williams will move on permanently, and Ramsay could be the best possible replacement.

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Stylistically, he is very similar to Trent Alexander-Arnold, with Liverpool potentially having the ideal back-up in that position – an almost impossible role to shop for.

Aberdeen rejected a 8 4.8m offer from Bologna in January for the teenager, who was named the Young Player of the Year at the Scottish Football Writers Association at the end of the campaign. Liverpool’s offer of an initial £ 4m excludes add-ons.

“It would be a bargain,” Graeme Young from the Scottish Daily Record told Liverpool.com on a special Blood Red podcast earlier in the year, when interest in Ramsay first emerged.

“He speaks like someone in his mid-20s and he is a really nice guy. He is grounded and you can tell he is that type that would not be fazed if the Liverpool deal was sealed. He would be able to handle the pressure. “He has something special about him. If you watch him play, you can see why he stands out.”

The appeal for Liverpool is not just his talent, but also his unique skillset. Few players in world football can compare to Klopp’s current senior right-back option, but Ramsay is stylistically similar to Alexander-Arnold, which is no mean feat.

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“He fits the profile as one of the better 18 or 19-year-olds in European football; that is the type of player that he is,” Young explained.

“The one player you might compare him to is Alexander-Arnold and no wonder when clubs look at the stats, everything shows up. Alexander-Arnold is one of the most unique right-backs in the world – happy 10 yards inside to cross the ball – and that is what Ramsay can do as well.

“I see a lot of David Beckham in Alexander-Arnold and that is what Ramsay gives you as well. He is very controlled and puts a lot of balls into the box, but in a very particular way.”

If Liverpool do complete the signing of Ramsay as they now expect to, Young also feels that he would be ready to come into the squad straight away, despite only being 18.

“Calvin Ramsay, to me, is one of the players who, like, say, Jacob Ramsey at Aston Villa, is at that age but is ready to play,” he said.

“Very quickly, you could imagine him playing in the Carabao Cup next season, where Liverpool win 4-0 and he is the best player on the park. He is that type of player. There is real quality there and maybe it will take a year or a loan move, but he has that capability.

“He looks like a player who knows he is going to be one of the better full-backs in European football over the next few years – he just looks classy.”

For such a cheap fee in modern terms, this could be the next masterstroke from Liverpool in the market. So highly-rated, Ramsay will arrive as a low-cost, no-risk transfer who could have a big future ahead of him.

A version of this article was first published on 30 May 2022.

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