Why Will Hughes would be an unnecessary investment for Liverpool

Liverpool will reportedly go to Derby County with an offer for Will Hughes this January.

Liverpool were strongly linked with the Derby teenager before the close of the summer transfer window, as Brendan Rodgers seemed keen on adding the talented midfielder to his squad.

However, Liverpool already own a free flowing, forward thinking midfielder in the form of Suso, a 19-year-old going all out to show Brendan Rodgers he deserves a chance to nail down a place in the first team.

Ultimately, Liverpool are a club with a very impressive youth system, always looking to add the next talented youngster to their ranks in the hope that he can turn into a first team star.

However, any move Liverpool make for Hughes this January is not going to be cheap with Derby boss Nigel Clough admitting he already has a price in mind for his 18-year-old player and he’s sticking by it.

“It is difficult to put a specific valuation on him – but we know what we won’t take, that is for certain. I think there will be interest in Will in January,” Clough told the Barton Mail.

That means it would take a significant investment from Liverpool if they are going to buy Hughes, which would be pointless as Rodgers already can’t find a place in the side for a very similar player.

The reason behind Suso’s loan switch to Almeria seems to be so the youngster can get plenty of first team games and increase his experience before he has another go at getting into the Liverpool first team.

He appears to have been handed complete freedom with the side in La Liga, playing in a central role as the main play maker, already coming up with two assists.

What it all boils down to is the fact that Liverpool already own a player in Suso who can do just an equally effective, if not better, job than Hughes in the current Liverpool setup.

Fair enough, Suso has already had a crack at first team football at Anfield but he cut a very raw and jagged figure when he first came into the Liverpool first team and at least deserves a chance in the future to win his place back.

The fact Suso is on such a long contract, to the summer of 2017, also suggests that Rodgers has a great deal of faith in the youngster and plans over how to use him in coming seasons.

If it would take Liverpool £10-15 million to sign Hughes then they would simply just be throwing money down the drain.

What do you think? Is Suso a good enough prospect to stop a Liverpool bid for Hughes?

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