If there is one area that still needs to be bolstered at Liverpool, it’s probably in the midfield.
Despite the addition of Fábio Carvalho, Liverpool still feel short in the department, where once the club boasted the likes of a prime Steven Gerrard, Xabi Alonso and Javier Mascherano at one time. With most of the current core players beyond 30 or edging closer to that landmark, the Reds will have to rejuvenate their options sooner rather than later.
One of the most linked players to fill that gap at Anfield has been Jude Bellingham, but he is not the only midfielder on Liverpool’s radar. The club know Borussia Dortmund could easily price out FSG from completing a deal for the 18-year-old midfielder, whose wage demands may well also be prohibitive if his star continue to rise.
But it is not all doom and gloom. Liverpool have been also linked with Bellingham’s age-peer and England youth international Carney Chukwuemeka. The fellow 18-year-old, who is a few months younger than Bellingham, is regarded as an exciting talent, and he has recently been catching the eye for England U19s at the European Championships.
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Chukwuemeka has played two games for his country in the competition so far and has already scored twice and registered two assists in the process, running the show for England helping them coast past tough opposition in Serbia and Austria.
An energetic midfielder with the ability to maraud past players with ease, Chukwuemeka has the creativity and the flair to be a hugely exciting player not only in the future but in the present moment, too.
Last season he featured in 12 Premier League games for Aston Villa, registering one assist in 294 minutes of action. But since February his minutes dwindled due to his contract negotiations stalling with Aston Villa; he played just three matches since the beginning of March for the club in the league, with Gerrard wanting a commitment from him.
Chukwuemeka has just one year left on his current deal at Aston Villa, and that has alerted the likes of Liverpool as well as a host of other European and English clubs.
Given the fact that at Villa, Chukwuemeka could be learning under the tutelage of one of the best players ever to have played in his position in Gerrard, staying at the club may be his best option for now in terms of his development.
But if he continues to catch the eye at the tournament where there will be a multitude of scouts keeping an eagle eye on him, and still dithers on negotiations with Villa, then Liverpool would do well to pounce on his services and lure him to Anfield. He is a player with a certain amount of ‘X factor’ who has the ability to light up stadiums wherever he goes, and playing under Jürgen Klopp could do wonders for his development — even if Gerrard would be less than impressed.
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