According to Tom Hopkinson of the Sunday Mirror, Liverpool want to beat Tottenham Hotspur to the signing of Norwich City starlet Jacob Murphy.
The Reds are said to have an edge in the pursuit of the 21-year-old, and they are happy for him to return to Carrow Road for the remainder of the campaign if a deal was to be agreed in January.
Spurs are said to have been keeping tabs on Murphy’s development after his impressive beginning to the Championship season; he’s grabbed six goals and four assists in league matches, giving defenders big problems with his sharp work on the right flank.
Sports journalist Melissa Rudd noted earlier in the campaign that Murphy’s game does still need some work:
@MatthewRobson15 yeah his overall gameplay needs work agreed. Will only come with experience though and has shown he can score at this level
— Melissa Rudd (@melissajrudd) October 18, 2016
Indeed, the youngster’s form has dropped off a little as of late, scoring just once in his last 14 games in the Championship. That’s to be expected of a young player, though, especially given Murphy has not been so heavily involved in the first team before this season.
Klopp will see raw attributes to work with Murphy. The winger is a clean striker of the ball, offering a major threat from distance and set pieces, while he’s also very confident in his use of possession in the final third. There are parts of his game that need refining, although a loan back to Norwich would allow him to continue this season’s encouraging development.