Report: Liverpool interested in highly-rated right-back, eight clubs eyeing 18 y/o

Liverpool aren’t short of right-backs with Trent Alexander-Arnold and Neco Williams at their disposal, but it appears the Merseysiders are planning for the future. The Press and Journal say Liverpool are interested in Calvin Ramsay, but there are eight other clubs standing in their way of signing him.

Ramsey was born in Aberdeen, Scotland and rose through the youth ranks to the Dons’ first-team in 2020/21. The 18-year-old has gone on to make 25 appearances in all competitions, notching eight assists. Ramsey was used sparingly last season but has been a regular when fit this campaign.

He’s made 19 appearances across the board in 2021/22, only missing games because of a hamstring injury between mid-October and mid-December, so Aberdeen won’t let him go without a fight. Ramsey, who’s represented Scotland at U21 level, has two-and-a-half years remaining on his contract at Pittodrie, so the Dons have no obligation to cash in early or for cheap.

The Press and Journal noted how Aberdeen’s record sale was nearly £3m (Scott McKenna to Nottingham Forest), but Ramsey is likely to surpass that. With Leicester City, Newcastle United, Watford, Manchester United, Everton, Norwich City and Southampton showing an interest, a bidding war could commence.

Aberdeen chairman Dave Cormack was full of praise for Ramsey earlier in December, saying: “There are not many right-backs at his age like him, doing what he does. Look at the data. All the clubs look at the same (scouting) systems. He is in the elite upper bracket, right up there, for a young right-back in Europe.”

It’s clear the 18-year-old has a bright future, so he may not be in Scotland for much longer, but will it be Liverpool that procure his signature? Ramsey is used to playing regularly, so would he want to sit on the bench at a big club and wait for sporadic opportunities? Or would he prefer to play every week at a side lower down the table?

Ramsey may feel he has enough years ahead of him to bide his time rather than go too high too soon, so Liverpool might not be his preferred choice. Time will tell.