This article is part of Football League World’s ‘The Verdict’ series, which provides personal opinions from the FLW writers regarding the latest breaking news, teams, players, managers, potential signings and more…
Liverpool have reportedly beaten off competition from Premier League rivals Chelsea, Manchester City and Leicester City for the signature of Sam McCallum, according to a report on 90min,com.
Jurgen Klopp’s side are reportedly in pole position to sign the Coventry City youngster, who has been linked with a host of clubs as a result of his good performances for the Sky Blues this season, and if the Reds are successful in signing him they will then send back to Coventry on loan.
So would McCallum be a good addition at Anfield and are the Reds the right club for him?
“The left-back would be a solid investment for Liverpool at just 19-years-old and showing great promise already for the Sky Blues.
“Having made 11 appearances so far this season, McCallum is a regular member of the first-team squad this season and while it is only in League One, he has the ability to make the step up in the coming years.
“There is a comparison to be had about whether he can make the jump to Premier League football, as Joe Gomez arrived at Anfield from a similar position when he left Charlton Athletic.
“McCallum would not immediately walk into the first-team at Liverpool, but he could see this as a smart move for his career knowing that youth is given a chance under Jurgen Klopp.”
“I think he would certainly be moving to the right club, with Liverpool having shown in recent years that they are capable of taking young players from the Football League and developing them for their first team, with Joe Gomez being a prime example.
“McCallum has been a regular for much of Coventry’s campaign so far and certainly fits the bill for what Jurgen Klopp likes in a defender, he’s tall, quick, dominant in the air and is also adept at playing the ball out from the back.
“The young full back could in theory provide some much needed competition for Andrew Robertson, with the Scottish full back currently having a free run at the role, with only James Milner as a back up.
“Coventry would surely be open to cashing in on McCallum if a bid did indeed come to fruition, with the club sure to demand a substantial fee from any interested parties.”
Would Sam McCallum be a good addition at Anfield?
“It speaks volumes that there have been plenty of big clubs monitoring McCallum this campaign, and Liverpool would definitely be the best club for his development given the Reds’ upward trajectory.
“McCallum would also be a good addition, particularly seeing as he would return to Coventry on loan for the remainder of the campaign, and all the signs suggest he would improve even further when he arrives at Anfield given Liverpool’s track record of developing full-backs.
“The Reds will be hoping he can progress in the same vein as Trent Alexander-Arnold and Andy Robertson, while McCallum’s versatility means he could deputise for both players on either flank.
“This would be a solid signing for Liverpool that would see them recruit an exciting talent while also providing cover for a position they are lacking bodies, and it would also be a statement for them to beat their Premier League rivals to McCallum’s signature.”