Seung Woo Lee certainly won’t be the best signing Liverpool make this summer but he could be the most significant.
Several reports have suggested that Brendan Rodgers is looking at the possibility of signing the 16-year-old from Barcelona, who has become the latest to take the famous ‘next Lionel Messi’ title.
Lee is reportedly locked in negotiations with the Spanish giants over his first professional contract and with Liverpool circling, should they convince the teen to move to Anfield it’s a deal which could have a number of benefits for the Anfield club.
The negotiations are believed to be going well so any move to Liverpool would have to be because the club have sold what Brendan Rodgers is trying to create on Merseyside perfectly.
It would be a demonstration that Liverpool is currently an extremely attractive club for any teenager looking to make his first step into professional football, which creates the possibility of the best young players from all over Europe wanting to step into Brendan Rodgers’ office and shake hands.
It would have a knock on effect to Liverpool’s rivals who would subsequently struggle to find similar sorts of signings because Lee would represent one of the very best pre-professional teens in the world turning his back on a massive institution in Barcelona to link up with Liverpool.
It’s not just about scoring psychological points and increasing Liverpool’s fear factor across the world, it would also drastically help Rodgers build teams for several years.
Any side that can sustain a long line of productive academy and youth talent, whether that’s buying in from the outside or their own academy, stands a great chance of creating generation after generation of solid teams.
One of the reasons Sir Alex Ferguson was so successful at Manchester United is because he had that ability to start creating his next team while his current one was winning silverware on a consistent basis.
Rodgers has so far been masterful in knowing when to use young players in his first team, giving them a chance they simply wouldn’t get at another club in exactly the same position.
The significance of Lee’s arrival should it happen and what it means to Liverpool as they look to move forward in areas not solely related to the first team, is huge.