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Carragher explains why Liverpool decided against Sessegnon signing


Date published: Monday 19th August 2019 10:06

Jamie Carragher has lifted the lid on why Liverpool eventually decided against a transfer swoop for Tottenham new boy Ryan Sessegnon.

Spurs completed a £25m deal for Ryan Sessegnon late on Deadline Day; the teenager, who can play as a left winger or a left-back, making the move across London from Fulham, where he came through the youth ranks before making his debut at the age of 16.

Sessegnon had been a major target for Spurs all summer, and the deal was finally completed after he passed a medical on Thursday.

The fee for the 19-year-old could rise to £30m with add-ons, while midfielder Josh Onomah has headed the other way to Fulham as part of the deal.

However, it could well have been a different story with Sessegnon also being watched by Liverpool, who thought long and hard about signing the player as a replacement for Alberto Moreno.

Liverpool will instead use the versatile James Milner as potential back-up to Andy Robertson this season, with Carragher explaining why Jurgen Klopp opted against a move for Sessegnon.

“I know Liverpool watched Ryan Sessegnon, and saw another player for the future rather than someone who could go straight into the team at left-back,” he wrote in his Telegraph column.

However, and as per This is Anfield, Carragher suggested Liverpool were ‘not convinced enough’ by Sessegnon’s maiden campaign in the Premier League to make a £25million move, as Fulham returned straight back to the Championship after a season in which saw them have Slavisa Jokanovic, Claudio Ranieri and Scott Parker in charge at various stages.

The Reds sign two players “for the future” over the summer, though, with Sepp van den Berg arriving from PEC Zwolle and another teenage prospect, Harvey Elliott, also leaving the Cottagers.

 

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