BBC commentator Ian Dennis claimed that his ‘sources’ have told him that Liverpool want to sign Southampton defender Armel Bella-Kotchap.
Southampton signed the highly-rated 20-year-old during the 2022 summer transfer market when they paid German side, Bochum, a tad under £9 million for his services (BBC Sport).
Following those comments from Dennis, former Premier League striker Chris Sutton didn’t seem too convinced, as he questioned ‘who have you heard that off?’, as he told BBC Radio 5 Live Sport.
Well, Bella-Kotchap has started six Premier League games at centre-back for a struggling Saints side this season.
And despite that indifferent form from his team, he was handed his Germany debut on Monday night when his side recorded a 3-3 draw against England at Wembley in the UEFA Nations League.
He is no doubt a top purchase for the South Coast club, but should fans be worried following comments about his future?
“Bella-Kotchap, on his Germany debut, the 21-year-old, who Southampton signed from Bochum for just under £9 million,” said Dennis
“Already I have noticed he has been quite heavily linked with Liverpool, despite only playing six appearances for the Saints.”
“Who did you hear that off? asked Sutton to Dennis, to which he responded “sources.”
BELLA-KOTCHAP SHOULD DEVELOP AT SAINTS
Over the years, Liverpool have had a habit of signing Southampton players and turning them into superstars.
The recently-departed Sadio Mane was one of them, as is Liverpool’s current star, Virgil van Dijk.
Bella-Kotchap is still a very raw and young talent, but if he wants to progress, then he needs to secure those regular minutes, in order to move forward as a player.
And whilst the lure of a Liverpool would be too hard to turn down, it’s not like they are short at centre-back, so unless Jurgen Klopp is planning a complete sea-change at the heart of his defence, Bella-Kotchap should stay put at St Mary’s.