Liverpool face uphill task to sign talented striker as Man United and Merseyside rivals enter the race

Liverpool are facing competition from Manchester United and Everton for the signature of Wigan’s Joe Gelhardt, according to ESPN.

The 16-year-old is regarded as one of the brightest players in England and has become a regular for the Wigan U18 side. Gelhardt made it into the U18 side when he was just 15 and has impressed many with his performances.

The youngster’s performances for club and country have caught the attention of the Premier League sides as they plan to make a bid for him.

Wigan are in no mood to sell their youngster as they expect great things from him but are bracing themselves for a bid in the summer window as interest grows in the 16-year-old.

Another young striker to join the ranks at Liverpool?

Liverpool have had their hands full, with strikers such as Harry Wilson, Rhian Brewster and even Ben Woodburn playing as strikers for a while.

However, none of these players seems to be close to breaking into the first-team for the moment. Brewster was tipped to achieve great things last season but he picked up an injury while Wilson was sent out on loan and Woodburn just could not get many first-team games for the Reds.

Gelhardt might be considered as a player for the future and if we do sign him, he would be playing for our reserve squad.

Out of the three clubs named, we are the ones that provide the most chances for a young player to show his ability and if Gelhardt does want to progress and get better, there is no better option than Liverpool.

The likes of Trent Alexander-Arnold and Joe Gomez are prime examples of how hard work pays off at Liverpool and if Wigan decide to sell him, Gelhardt should join us.

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