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Liverpool Plotting A Move For This Defender Who Is At Chelsea Currently: One For The Future?

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Abhinab Ghosh
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According to a recent report by Voetbal International (translated by the Daily Mirror), Liverpool are monitoring the development of MVV Maastricht youngster Xavier Mbuyamba, who is currently on trial with Chelsea. The same source has revealed that the Reds are ready to take advantage of Chelsea’s two-transfer window ban which could see them miss out on the Dutch teenager this summer. 

However, Voetbal International has also claimed that the Merseyside club will face stiff competition from a whole host of clubs which include Celtic, Bayern Munich, FC Porto and Chelsea in pursuit of Mbuyamba in this offseason.

Mbuyamba’s Youth Career At A Glance

The 17-year-old whizkid was born in Maastricht, Netherlands and grew up playing football for his local club MVV Maastricht. He came through the Dutch club’s youth ranks and is currently an integral member of their Under-19 squad. 

Mbuyamba has made a total of 11 appearances in the Keuken Kampioen Divisie this season while putting in some commanding displays at the back. He has often been dubbed as the next Virgil van Dijk, so it’s safe to assume that the hype train is working. Hence, multiple European clubs are ready to battle it out for his services this summer.

Mbuyamba is versatile enough to play in multiple positions across the backline. He primarily operates as a right-sided centre-half but is equally capable of filling in on the left or at the right back position.

Is The Dutch Centre-back Ready To Play At The Highest Level?

At his current state of development, the Maastricht sensation is still far from being ready to play at the highest level. However, he has all the talents to become a world-class defender in the coming years.

Mbuyamba: A Prospect For The Future?

Thus, Klopp should consider recruiting the Dutch starlet ahead of the new season so that he can keep a watchful eye on his development and guide the player towards unlocking his true potential. The jury is still out on whether he will be able to cope with the physical toll of English football. However, there is no denying that the centre-back has incredible potential and will be a player to look out for in the future.

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