Leeds United determined to sign 19-year-old Liverpool defender

Newly-promoted Leeds United are ‘monitoring’ Reds defender Yasser Larouci ahead of their return campaign in the PL, but the price might prove an issue. U19 France international is yet to make his PL debut for Liverpool but has played two games in the FA Cup this campaign.

Yasser arrived at Liverpool from French club Le Havre in 2017 and is high though of by the German manager, who is bringing through a string of talented teenagers, including Curtis Jones, Harvey Elliott and Neco Williams.

Larouci has done enough to catch the eye of Peacocks manager Marcelo Bielsa, with the Athletic reporting that the Yorkshire club are keen to bring him in, but the price could be a problem. The 19-year-old defender is not guaranteed a place in the Leeds team, given his inexperience and several options available to Bielsa on the left of back-line.

The report suggests that the Championship winners are interested in adding another left-back option despite this, but the Frenchman’s price tag may well make that unfeasible, while a loan move may prove unappealing with game time-limited.

However, Leeds United are not giving up hope and will continue to track the situation. Jurgen Klopp has spoken highly of the French defender in the past, especially impressed with him after dealing admirably with Jadon Sancho in a friendly with Borussia Dortmund last year.

‘There is no doubt about the potential of Jadon Sancho,’ said the German tactician. ‘His speed and body control at the highest speed is his main strength. Being good in big spaces and in small spaces makes you a pretty interesting player and that’s what Jadon is.”