How Will Hughes may have just forced Liverpool's hand

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Will Hughes' superb performance for Derby County in the League Cup last night could force a bid from Liverpool before the close of play on Monday.

Will Hughes is a player who has been touted for a big Premier League move over the last couple of seasons, one of the most promising young midfielders in the country and a player prominent in a difficult division despite being only 18-years-old.

One of the striking features of the modern Liverpool is how many top quality youngsters Brendan Rodgers has control of and it’s a group which could be very appealing to Hughes when he’s weighing up his options.

His performance in the League Cup tie against Brentford can only be measured for what it is but his superb left footed strike may only convince Rodgers that he needs to get a bid in sooner rather than later.

The obvious argument against a move to Liverpool using common sense and logic is that Hughes is a player who will be looking for regular first team football with a Premier League move.

It’s only natural because all he’s ever known is being thrown in at the deep end and coming out of the other side in a much better position. That’s the reason for his current reputation with Derby County and also the England Under-21 side.

However, the stakes in the Premier League are much higher which means managers are far less willing to take risks and Rodgers could choose to put Hughes in the Development Squad, on the fringes of some first team action.

If that puts him off of a move to Liverpool then he has to realise that it will be the same if he goes to any of the top Premier League teams because they will all be less willing to take a risk and put him straight into the team.

Rather than seeing that as a reason not to join Liverpool, they can use it to their advantage and stress the advantages of a cautious approach if they try to convince him to sign before the transfer deadline on Monday.

Having a much higher quality pool of young players at Liverpool would allow Hughes to refine his game and improve his understanding of the tactics used on a weekly basis by the club.

Playing in and around players of a similar and higher quality can only make a younger midfielder a better player because they have to raise their game to try and get noticed ahead of other individuals.

As things stand Derby County boss Nigel Clough has confirmed that Liverpool have not made an official approach for the 18-year-old.

If he is a target then it’s likely that the Anfield side would have had a scout at that League Cup match against Brentford where he showcased everything which is currently fantastic about his game.

Rodgers has not made a secret of the fact he will sign a teenager to strengthen and enhance Liverpool’s reserves and youth teams so don’t be surprised to see a cheeky little bid go in, possibly before the weekend.

What do you think? Would Hughes be a good signing for Liverpool?

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