Wigan go down to the Championship with some extremely talented players in that squad, which seems to have alerted Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers to the chance that he can do some good cheap business.
Central midfielder James McCarthy and winger Callum McManaman appear to be on Rodgers’ hit list as Liverpool boss as he mulls over a double raid on the newly relegated club in the region of around £15 million.
They would both certainly fit in well to the youthful project that Rodgers is trying to develop at Anfield and it would be good business by Liverpool to get the deal done before their rivals can react.
McManaman is particular is grabbing a lot of focus and attention at the moment following his man of the match display against Manchester City as Wigan won the FA Cup last weekend.
The problem Wigan have is that because they have just been relegated, they have young players such as this pair who will want to be playing Premier League football.
It also lowers their value because Wigan are not a Premier League side any more, which means they fall firmly into the bracket of what Liverpool can afford to pay for players of this quality this summer.
The reason it’s a very good move for Liverpool is not just confined to the quality which both players have.
It’s further evidence of the sustainable method Rodgers is using to try and secure future generations of Liverpool tams, giving younger, and British players, a chance to earn their stripes at one of the biggest clubs in Europe.
McManaman was always going to be linked with Liverpool because he’s a cousin of former Kop favourite Steve McManaman, and the club tried to sign him in 2007 during the Rafael Benitez era.
McCarthy is someone who has already turned down the chance to join Liverpool on one occasion in 2010, with Roberto Martinez voicing his surprise that he would turn down such a big club.
Martinez and Wigan have formed a very respectable relationship but things have changed because these are two players who will not want to play in the Championship next season.
Rodgers has proven time and time again this season that he will always give players of their age and calibre a chance to impress in his first team so a possible lack of football cannot be used as an excuse.
It’s now or never because if they don’t take the chance to join Liverpool right now, they could miss out on becoming part of something very special at Anfield.
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