Liverpool should think swooping on Benfica transfer blow as Andy Robertson beneficiary ‘scouted’

Liverpool should think swooping on Benfica transfer blow as Andy Robertson beneficiary ‘scouted’

This summer, Liverpool must make an intriguing decision regarding its left-back position. Andy Robertson is unquestionably the club’s first choice, but he is aging, and with Kostas Tsimikas possibly leaving, it would be prudent for the Reds to begin investing in the future.

Finding the proper heir to the throne of Robertson will not be a simple task. The manner of Jürgen Klopp necessitates a very specific profile for fullbacks. The type of player who can sprint forward and contribute to the offense by scoring goals, but also has the stamina to sprint back and provide much-needed defensive coverage.

Milos Kerkez, a 19-year-old who scored the fourth-most goals among teenagers in Europe’s top 15 divisions this season, exemplifies these characteristics as well as any other player currently ascending in European football.
Overall, Kerkez contributed 12 goals, which was exceeded only by Jude Bellingham (21), Evan Ferguson (13), and Youssouf Moukoko (13).

Not shabby for a strong safety.

According to our sources, the Hungarian international, who is currently playing for AZ Alkmaar after moving there from AC Milan, is admired by many of Europe’s best clubs, including Liverpool, whose scouts have closely followed his development this season.

Moreover, the Reds may have just received a possible transfer boost.

According to A Bola, Benfica has resolved to end its pursuit of Kerkez because it cannot meet the Dutch club’s financial requirements.

With Liverpool and Newcastle United, as well as Borussia Dortmund and Real Sociedad, showing interest in Kerkez, the competition for his services is heating up.

Liverpool would need to act fast to acquire the services of the teenager. However, it would be a sensible move for the club, particularly if Tsimikas moves this summer.

Perhaps the greatest obstacle for Liverpool will be convincing Kerkez and his representatives to accept the transfer. The youthful Hungarian player desires to play regular first-team football. He possesses all the necessary skills to compete in one of Europe’s top five leagues and has the potential to become a world-class fullback.
However, Liverpool is currently unable to guarantee Kerkez a starting position. As Robertson ages, this may no longer be the case in the long run. However, even a player with Kerkez’s talent would find it difficult to dethrone Robertson at this time.

Kerkez has previously accepted comparable but much smaller-scale initiatives. During the January transfer window of 2021, he moved from AC Milan to AZ Alkmaar. In that era, Alkmaar’s first-choice left-back was team captain Owen Wijdnal, whom Kerkez was slated to succeed the following year.

In order to prepare for Wijdnal’s departure to Ajax, Kerkez spent his first six months at the club primarily playing for Alkmaar’s second team before making his debut toward the close of the season and assuming the starting position in the summer.

Obviously, at Liverpool, it may be premature to bid Robertson farewell this summer or next summer. Kerkez’s willingness to spend an entire season on the sidelines is an irrelevant point, even if Liverpool is willing to let Robertson leave the club in the summer of 2019.

Regardless of what transpires this summer, Kerkez is a player to keep an eye on for the future.

His next move, if not to Liverpool, should not put him ‘out of bounds’ for the club, and he should therefore remain on the Reds’ radar.

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Liverpool should think swooping on Benfica transfer blow as Andy Robertson beneficiary ‘scouted’