This transfer deal would scare Liverpool's rivals, they mean business

Zakaria Bakkali

If Liverpool secure the services of Zakaria Bakkali it will show they are back among the big boys and indicate they are a hotbed for the top talent in Europe.

Liverpool have been linked increasingly with Belgian sensation Zakaria Bakkali in recent days, who has shot to prominence at PSV this season.

Bakkali illustrated his superb potential by scoring a hat-trick on his first Eredivise home game of the season, although is yet to find the net in the league since.

The winger has though continued to impress, winning an international call-up for Belgium and has an outside chance of making the World Cup this summer.

Still only 18, the teenager has much to work on to become the finished article, but he could be just the right signing for Liverpool should they step up their interests.

Importantly it will show the club's rivals domestically and abroad that Liverpool are back - and able to compete for Europe's most prized players.

Bakkali has been linked with Manchester City, Manchester United and Real Madrid since his emergence, and Liverpool snapping him up would signify they are back in the transfer market.

It may be 'just' the signing of a young Belgian prospect, but given the clubs also monitoring him; it would be a real message of intent that the club are striving to kick on and need to be taken notice of.

City, United et al, would be notified that Liverpool will now be encroaching on their transfer targets - with the intention of overtaking or moving further in front of them. Bakkali could just be the first of many who they joust over in the transfer market.

For much of the past five years, Liverpool have been unable to rival the big clubs for the most highly valued players, often backing them into a corner financially for the players they did want to sign - see the Kenny Dalglish era.

When was the last time Liverpool signed a marquee player, coveted by the very top teams in European football? You would have to go back to the last player signed from Holland, Luis Suarez.

Being back in the Champions League, combined with Brendan Rodgers exciting brand of football, and rich history, makes Liverpool the perfect destination for any top talent.

Bakkali would be simply the first step in the Reds bringing the European glory days back to Anfield, and show they mean business; and might just scare their rivals, fearing there could be many more to come.

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