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Liverpool and rivals Man United scouting 18-year-old goalkeeping ace to boost depth

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Liverpool send scouts to watch Fenerbahce starlet Berke Ozer

According to Haber Global’s Fenerbahce journalist Yagiz Sabuncuoglu, scouts from Liverpool and Manchester United recently watched Fenerbahce goalkeeper Berke Ozer in the U21 game against Galatasaray.

A youth product of the Altinordu academy, Berke Ozer, 18, joined Fenerbahce last summer. He is regarded as one of the hottest properties of Turkish football and was heavily scouted by the likes Barcelona, Borussia Dortmund, Juventus, Chelsea and Manchester City but the teenager chose to join Fenerbahce in 2018.

Ozer has only made one appearance for Fenerbahce’s senior team this season, but he’s a regular fixture for the Turkish youth national teams. He is under contract at Fenerbahce until June 2022.

Berke Ozer needs time to be a regular first-teamer

It’s highly unlikely to see Ozer break into Liverpool’s first-team if we snap him up in the team.

Alisson Becker has been a stellar presence in goal after joining from AS Roma last summer and is expected to be our no.1 for many years to come. But Alisson certainly will need competition for next season as Simon Mignolet will likely leave and Loris Karius is on a two-year loan deal at Besiktas.

Alisson Liverpool

Alisson of Liverpool

In that case, Ozer could be a good back-up for Alisson. The Turk is highly-rated across Europe and has already been scouted by Premier League clubs Chelsea and Manchester City. In fact, The Turkish Football claim Liverpool expressed an interest in the young goalkeeper last summer but he chose to join Fenerbahce from Altinordu.

Ozer is just 18 and needs regular game time to reach his top potential. If we manage to sign him, Klopp could either use him as a back-up to Alisson to help him learn from the Brazil international or loan him back to Fenerbahce.

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In every case, it’ll be a win-win situation for all the parties involved.

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Liverpool tracking 17-year-old Frenchman starring in the Ligue 1

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Eduardo Camavinga

Liverpool tracking Rennes youngster Eduardo Camavinga

Eduardo Camavinga has been one of the most impressive players for Rennes this season.

The 17-year-old Frenchman has featured in 20 games for the Ligue 1 club and was one of the stars in the 2-1 win over Paris Saint-Germain.

The defensive midfielder has also played in the Europa League and several clubs are interested in him.

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Eduardo Camavinga celebrates for Rennes (Image credit: AFP)

Calciomercato claims that Liverpool are one of the clubs tracking the 17-year-old. Paris Saint-Germain and Milan are also keen on the teenage sensation, according to the report.

Do Liverpool need a young midfielder?

The Reds have a fantastic side at the moment and there aren’t many weaknesses around. The only problem we could face is injuries with Fabinho and Joel Matip missing chunks of this season already.

Alisson was also out for a while but Adrian did a great job in place of the Brazilian keeper.

Camavinga could be a great player for the future and would provide more steel to our midfield.

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James Milner didn’t start in the draw against Manchester United (Image credit: Getty)

James Milner and Adam Lallana are free agents in the summer, and it will be interesting to see what happens with the pair.

Should both leave, we would require quality replacements. Marko Grujic has impressed at Hertha Berlin but Camavinga could be a decent option too.

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The Frenchman wouldn’t start regularly for us, but his growth could be boosted further under Klopp and his coaching team.

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This Liverpool-linked starlet could debut against arch-rivals in FA Cup

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Takumi Minamino could make his Liverpool debut against Everton in FA Cup

Liverpool are expected to sign RB Salzburg midfielder Takumi Minamino in the January window, according to the Mirror.

The Japanese star has been one of the bright spots for the Austrian team. He should be a Liverpool player on 1st Jan as long as he passes a medical (h/t Mirror).

Minamino scored against the Reds in the Champions League clash at Anfield, and he could be in line to make a huge debut too.

Takumi Minamino
Takumi Minamino has been excellent for RB Salzburg this season (Image credit: Getty)

The Mirror claims that the 24-year-old has a chance of facing Sheffield United in a Premier League clash on 2 January.

However, it is more likely he will make his debut in the third round of the FA Cup against Everton on 5 January.

That would be an incredible game to make his debut in, and Minamino could do a decent job for us in the second half of the campaign.

Mixing it up at Anfield

Minamino can play in a withdrawn role and could give Roberto Firmino a break. The Japanese can also play on the right-wing, which would allow Mohamed Salah to be rested once in a while.

Georginio Wijnaldum and Roberto Firmino
Georginio Wijnaldum and Roberto Firmino celebrate at Sheffield United (Image credit: Getty)

Most of the midfielders at Liverpool can play in other positions. James Milner and Jordan Henderson have played as full-backs, while Fabinho has made a few appearances in the heart of the defence.

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It is that kind of versatility that would make Minamino a decent addition to the side. Hopefully, the Japanese is a Liverpool player soon and an official announcement is made soon.

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Liverpool in contact with representatives of 20-year-old Brazilian striker ahead of possible move

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Liverpool in contact with Evanilson’s representatives over possible 2020 move

Liverpool have been linked with Brazilian youngster Evanilson, according to UOL (h/t Liverpool Echo).

The 20-year-old striker plays for Fluminense and his contract expires with them in February.

The report claims that Liverpool have contacted Evanilson’s representatives over a possible switch next season.

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Jurgen Klopp during a pre-season game (Image credit: Getty)

Liverpool have also scouted the forward all season (h/t Liverpool Echo) and it will be interesting to see what happens with him in the coming months.

Evanilson also spent a season on loan at Samorin, but has broken into the Fluminense first-team recently.

The 20-year-old still has a lot to learn in the game and it will be interesting to see if we sign him in the coming months.

Liverpool’s youth policy

Evanilson could be a smart signing for the future. The Reds have invested in their youth teams in the past and have seen a couple of those players become regulars for the first-team.

Harvey Elliott and Sepp van den Berg were two young players who were signed in the previous summer window.

Harvey Elliott
Harvey Elliott joined Liverpool from Fulham (Image credit: Getty)

The pair have also impressed in the Carabao Cup and could feature further this season. Curtis Jones has also done well and also played against Bournemouth after coming off the bench.

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The Reds have made some excellent signings under Jurgen Klopp’s tenure, and Evanilson could be the next one.

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