Liverpool ahead in race for the best young player in France

Liverpool are now the favourites to sign the best young player in France Lucas Digne from Lille.

The left back has been scouted by some very big clubs this season, some with more to offer than Liverpool in terms of wealth and European football which would make this a real coup for Liverpool if they got him.

They are a little fortunate that circumstance seems to have gone in their favour because one of those sides was Manchester United, a team with no clear need for another left back.

Jose Enrique has been lucky in the respect that he’s been virtually unchallenged at left back under Brendan Rodgers with Jack Robinson too inexperienced to make a serious dent into his first team position.

However, Lucas Digne is a different proposition altogether because not only is he one of the best defenders at Lille, he’s also been voted as the best young player in France, picking up that award at the end of this season.

He could have a very positive effect on the Liverpool first team because Jose Enrique can be very effective in the opponent’s final third.

He played 32 times for Lille over the course of the season, which has just finished which proves he can be a very consistent player over a long season.

That’s an important factor for Rodgers when he’s weighing up this move because Liverpool are going to be fighting on several fronts next season and it’s important he’s effective across each.

If Rodgers can put a solid left back behind him then it allows the side to benefit from all of the natural attacking qualities that Enrique has and it will make them much harder to break down on the left.

It creates almost the perfect system down that side of the Liverpool team because when Digne overlaps, Enrique can cover and when Enrique is pressing forward, Digne is fit enough and quick enough to cover the back four.

The fee is well inside Liverpool’s budget and it’s worth a gamble for a teenager who has so far shown a lot of maturity beyond his years and seemingly endless potential for a defensive player.

All of the talk has been about Liverpool adding central defensive players to their squad but this signing would encourage competition in the full back slots where Robinson, Martin Kelly and Andre Wisdom can all play.

That should make the quality among the back four a lot higher and it gives Rodgers plenty of options if he does need to push Enrique forward or tuck him inside to play in the left centre back role.

Liverpool will be challenged because Digne is a quality player and there will be several offers in for him once the ball gets rolling but Liverpool have a cracking chance to position themselves well.

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