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Liverpool Eyeing A Summer Move For Leeds United Defender: Ideal Backup For Robertson?

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Abhinab Ghosh
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According to a recent report by the Sun, Liverpool are monitoring the progress of Leeds United left-back Leif Davis ahead of a potential move in the summer. However, the same source has also revealed that the Reds will face stiff competition from Bournemouth in pursuit of the £4m-rated EFL Championship defender in this off-season.

Davis’ Recent Emergence At Elland Road

The 19-year-old managed to breakthrough into Marcelo Bielsa’s first-team due to Leeds United’s injury concerns at the back. He has made a total of five matches for the West Yorkshire this term across all competitions. The youngster is quite highly rated at Elland Road and is expected to develop under Bielsa’s stewardship in the coming years if the Argentine head coach remains at the club.

Davis came through the youth ranks of Morecambe FC before his big move to Leeds last summer. At 19, he still has a lot of time to develop into a top-class full-back, so securing regular first-team football should be his main priority at the moment.

The Newcastle-born talent has a better chance of regularly featuring for the West Yorkshire outfit next season, but a high-profile switch to Anfield could be a once in a lifetime opportunity for him to prove his worth at the highest level.

How Playing For Klopp Could Benefit Davis?

Jurgen Klopp has also shown that he is one of the best man-managers in world football. The German head coach has managed to get the best out of Trent Alexander-Arnold, Joe Gomez and Andrew Robertson this season so Davis could be his next project if the Leeds left-back agrees to move to Anfield this summer.

Although to be fair, given that Bielsa is known for giving chances to the youth players means that Leeds United can make a decent case that they would be able to offer more first-team football to the youngster.

Will The English Starlet Be An Ideal Backup For Robertson?

The English defensive ace will be an ideal backup to Robertson as he will be a far better option than Alberto Moreno, who is expected to leave Liverpool at the end of this campaign. Davis can also learn a lot more if he is playing as an understudy to Robertson due to the Scottish defender’s incredible rise in English football over the past few years.

Davis can improve his game if he has a proven mentor playing alongside him. Furthermore, the prospect of playing in the Premier League might be too lucrative for the young full-back to turn down. Getting a chance to play for a top team does not come around often, and the youngster should think long and hard before making a decision.

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