Liverpool might have beaten Barcelona 4-0 to reach the Champions League final last night, but they are set to receive a transfer blow.
According to Corriere dello Sport, Bobby Adekanye is leaving Anfield on a free transfer to pen a four-year deal with Serie A outfit Lazio.
The 20-year-old winger has scored three goals for the club’s reserve team this season but hasn’t played for the first-team. His contract expires on June 30th and he has opted for a switch to the Stadio Olimpico.
Adekanye is expected to be fast-tracked to the first-team at Lazio and he will hope to grasp the opportunity with both hands.
The Dutch winger joined the Liverpool youth academy from Barcelona in 2015 but has failed to make the step-up to first-team action.
He clearly couldn’t see a path to the senior team at Anfield and will depart for Italy when his current deal expires.
It seems to be a common theme these days that young players will leave English clubs to go and play abroad.
The pathway towards first-team action is a lot smoother in the European leagues and youngsters are tapping into that.
Jadon Sancho has become one of the world’s most promising talents at Dortmund, yet had he stayed at Manchester City he might not have played a first-team game yet.
Adekanye will hope to have a similar impact to that of Sancho. If he can go to Lazio and set Serie A alight, then Klopp and Liverpool might be left ruing not using him more in the first-team.