Liverpool will attempt to beat Leeds United to the signing of 16-year-old defender Sam Campbell by selling the player their plan to integrate him into their set-up, according to reports. Football Insider claim Liverpool are set to hold talks with Motherwell youngster Campbell in the next few days. Brighton are also interested in signing the centre-back.
Campbell has been given permission by Motherwell to discuss a move away from the club.
He is set to be shown around Anfield and Liverpool’s training ground Melwood after the Reds had an offer accepted.
Liverpool’s initial plan would be to have Campbell as part of their under-18 squad.
Leeds have also been successful with a bid and are set to offer Campbell a tour of their facilities in the next couple of weeks.
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Campbell has rejected a three-year contract extension at Motherwell and he must now decide the club he wants to join.
Campbell is yet to make his professional debut for Motherwell but started playing for the club’s under-18 side aged just 14.
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Meanwhile, Liverpool have won their first two Premier League games of the season, beating Leeds and Chelsea in a successful start to their title defence.
And ahead of Monday’s clash with Arsenal, Jurgen Klopp has heaped praise on academy graduate Curtis Jones, who scored twice in the 7-2 Carabao Cup win over Lincoln last Thursday.
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Klopp said of Jones: “Self-confidence for a football player is really important because usually you play in front of 30, 40, 50, 60, 70 thousand people and without confidence that’s not possible, I can tell you. Yes, it helps.
“Doing the right thing in the right moments helps as well. That’s what he had to learn in the last few years because he was absolutely exceptional and maybe the top player of each age group he was in.
“[That] means he had to learn to play together with other players – he made massive steps in that department. He had brilliant role models in this squad.
“And now, the door is open. I don’t want to make the performance smaller than it was because it’s absolutely exceptional. The way he scores, the way he contributes to the game, that’s all really exceptional.
“But Curtis knows himself there’s a lot of space for improvement, like being in a game really over 90 minutes, really being involved – not only on the pitch and these kind of things.
“There’s space for improvement. It’s good.”
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