Liverpool may save millions in transfer market after identifying ‘special talent’


Jamie Redknapp is convinced that Liverpool’s next generation can save the club a tidy sum in the transfer market – and expects big things from Naby Keita this season. Keita was an impressive performer in last season’s recovery from lockdown, finally starting to realize his potential after a £ 52.75million arrival from RB Leipzig two years ago.

With a temporary increase in substitutions and a condensed fixture list, the past few weeks have also seen opportunities for Liverpool youngsters Neco Williams, Curtis Jones and Harvey Elliott.

And Sky Sports expert Redknapp believes every player has grabbed the initiative over the past few months.

“One player who I think could have a big season is Naby Keita,” the former Liverpool skipper told ECHO.

“He struggled when he came in, but at the end of last season and from what I’ve seen in the preseason he looks in good shape.

“I can’t wait to see him show the player that we thought we originally signed for Leipzig.

“And I really like Curtis Jones. He’s very cool and incredibly confident. He does things on the ball that make you “wow” for such a young player who is showing those signs of maturity and self-confidence.

“Rather than buying players for the fun of it, Liverpool have come through the ranks with an extra player in midfield and someone who can flank up front.

“I have no problem with the players who go through the Academy. “

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Redknapp can understand that the youngsters of Liverpool were integrated into the Reds first team just nine months after arriving from Bournemouth at 17 in 1991.

As Jones and Williams rose through the ranks, Elliott was brought in from Fulham last summer for an amount yet to be determined by the court, which Redknapp is already confident the value will be well spent.

“Harvey Elliott is a very special talent,” he said. “He will be ready to enter the first team this season.

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“If Mohamed Salah needed a rest, then maybe Elliott could stand a chance. He’s another with great levels of talent and confidence. He looks like a star in the making. ”

Liverpool are yet to make a decision on the future of Rhian Brewster, who shone scoring 11 goals in 22 games on loan with the Swansea City Championship earlier in the year.

But Redknapp has clear advice for the 20-year-old forward.

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“The worst thing that can happen is to get stuck playing under-23 football this season,” he said.

“For Rhian Brewster, going out and playing on loan in the Premier League would be much more beneficial than sitting on the bench in Liverpool.

“Brewster already knows there is a huge difference between understanding what it’s like to be a regular starter rather than a substitute.

“What happens next to Brewster will be an important decision not only for the club and Klopp, but also for the player himself. You don’t want to leave a club like Liverpool, even if it’s only for a year, but you don’t want to hold back your progress.

“I was lucky when I signed for Liverpool because I got into the squad quite quickly and didn’t feel the need to go on loan. But I did my apprenticeship in Bournemouth, where I got used to playing games that really matter. Getting this experience is invaluable. ”

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