Liverpool 'eye' Premier League transfer as warning sent over youngster

Bryan Mbeumo celebrates to fans following during the Premier League match between AFC Bournemouth and Brentford FC.
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Liverpool are entering a new era, with Arne Slot officially becoming new head coach from today. The Dutchman has replaced Jurgen Klopp at the helm in the first change in nine years.

The new head coach will be working closely with Michael Edwards to bring in players and add his own spin to the squad during the summer transfer window. The Reds have already been linked with several names with the window not officially opening until later in the month.

There is also the matter of Euro 2024 with several Liverpool players expected to be involved in the tournament that starts in a couple of weeks. It could give Slot a chance to see some of his new players, as well as any potential transfer targets in action.

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The ECHO has had its say on some of the latest transfer stories surrounding Liverpool.

Bryan Mbeumo interest

Brentford’s Bryan Mbeumo has emerged as a reported target for Liverpool this summer, according to French outlet L’Equipe. The report says that both the Reds and Newcastle United are showing an interest.

The 24-year-old has caught the eye in the Premier League in the season just gone, scoring nine goals and providing six assists in his 25 appearances in the league. His campaign was however hit by a long-term ankle injury.

The winger has already hinted that he would be open to a move this summer. He has been with Brentford since joining from French side Troyes in 2019.

The Echo says: Mbeumo has two years remaining on his deal with Brentford, meaning that the Bees have a decision to make over his future. They are likely to put a big price tag on the winger, but it could be the last chance they get to get a big fee if he doesn’t extend his deal.

A benefit to making a move is that he is already proven in the Premier League meaning he'll need less time to adapt, especially compared with signings from overseas. Mbuemo could hit the ground running at Anfield if Liverpool make their move.

Robertson’s Doak warning

Liverpool full-back Andy Robertson has warned fans and pundits not to ‘overhype’ Reds and Scotland teammate Ben Doak. The winger has broken into the Liverpool first team but has seen his campaign disrupted by injury.

Despite not playing since December due to injury, the 18-year-old has been named in the 28-man provisional Scotland squad for this summer’s European championships. Robertson has now delivered his verdict.

"Obviously his season’s been cut short with injury and he trained with the lads today for the first time and looked as if he hadn't been out for five months, which is credit for him,” he said, via BBC Sport.

"He brings pace, he brings excitement, he's not scared to take anyone on. It’s exactly what we need, young players that have got no fear, and he's certainly got that."

He added: "He's got a bright future ahead of him, but it's also important that we protect him and we put our arm around him and help him along the way, because he's just starting his journey and we know what that's like.

"It’s important people don't get overhyped by him and let him grow and let him improve. If we do that then I believe that he can be a big player for us in this tournament, but he'll be a big player for us for 10, 15 years to come as well."

The Echo says: Doak being called up to the Scotland squad despite his absence for Liverpool this season says a lot about his performances earlier in the season. It will be a brilliant experience for him training and playing alongside established internationals in a major tournament.

When he comes back he will look to use that experience and hopefully put his injuries behind him. But it will be important that too much pressure is not put on the youngster as he makes his way back from injury.