Liverpool links with Sam McQueen show interest in pursuing strategy with some early signs of success

Inter Milan's Antonio Candreva in action with Southampton's Sam McQueen

Young players with plenty of potential and good value seem to be the kind of transfer targets that Liverpool are continuing to pursue.

Southampton's Sam McQueen in action with Sunderland's Wahbi KhazriSouthampton's Sam McQueen in action with Sunderland's Wahbi Khazri

Liverpool are interested in a move for Southampton left-back Sam McQueen, according to a report in the Daily Mirror, but are unlikely to pursue a move until the summer which may see them pay a hefty compensation fee after the 21-year-old's contract expires. 

Inevitably, there will be some crying about the Reds moving for another player from the Saints - and suggesting that their transfer strategy is continuing as per usual. They'd be right about a continuing strategy, though not necessarily in the way they think.

The three deals that Liverpool had done prior to or early on in the summer transfer window accounted for less than £10 million outlay - while seemingly their best value signing for some time came in the form of a free transfer in Joel Matip from Schalke - as Loris Karius and Marko Grujic joined for £4.7 million and £5.1 million respectively. 

All the players are young, and not very costly. Matip has become the club's first choice centre-back, Jürgen Klopp has made Karius his number one goalkeeper, while Grujic was signed - like the others - with the future in mind but competition for places currently means he's on the periphery. 

Southampton's Charlie Austin in action with Liverpool's Joel MatipSouthampton's Charlie Austin in action with Liverpool's Joel Matip

When it comes to transfer targets, a lot of it seems to be done in the medium term. Though one imagines this goes on behind the scenes at every club, it has never come across as so well prepared at Liverpool. They are clearly looking for young players who can come into the club to make a contribution, with the view of Klopp and his staff improving them so they can take the first team to a higher level. 

McQueen has looked pretty impressive during his six first team appearances so far, but there is plenty of competition for places at Southampton in Ryan Bertrand and Matt Targett. Injuries in that area means that McQueen has had his fair share of game time, but he could face a challenge when it comes to holding down a regular place. 

Liverpool manager Juergen KloppLiverpool manager Juergen Klopp

Some may think the same when it comes to a possible move to Liverpool, but Klopp may have different ideas for James Milner, who has been playing at left-back this season for next term. If the Reds are in European action next season, Klopp may see it fit to move Milner back into a midfield role - and go for two players more natural to the left-back role competing for a place in the side. There is also the prospect of McQueen playing in midfield as he had done prior to his first time appearances this season. 

Alberto Moreno may still be at the club and the likelihood is that McQueen could see a chance to establish himself. Not only are Liverpool seemingly pursuing a clear plan for their transfers, but they're pursuing moves that, on the face of things, make sense. 

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