According to a report in the French publication L’Equipe, Liverpool sent scouts to monitor Paris Saint-Germain youngster Christopher Nkunku in midweek.
The 17-year-old attacking midfielder is widely regarded as one of the club’s standout players at youth level, scoring and assisting an abundance of goals for the academy.
He featured in midweek during the youth team’s Champions League encounter with La Liga giants Real Madrid, a game in which the hosts triumphed 4-1 in emphatic fashion.
The Merseysiders are evidently planning for the future and under new boss Jurgen Klopp they will hope to be able to work closely with the German in identifying the world’s next best talent.
While Liverpool are still among the world’s leading clubs, it’s been a while since they signed a genuine world class player in the mould of a Mesut Ozil or Angel di Maria for record sums.
Whether they could entice the world’s best current players to Anfield now is an interesting question, yet it seems they are more intent on finding the next best talent and developing them themselves.
Klopp has plenty of experience in finding unknown stars such as Robert Lewandowski and Shinji Kagawa, with his track record at Borussia Dortmund second to none.
Nkunku and Ba could be the next generation’s top players, though if their potential is so big one can only assume PSG would fight tooth and nail to keep hold of them both.