Jurgen Klopp has been handed a significant blow with the news that Fulham’s Ryan Sessegnon is set to sign a new deal with the Cottagers, according to a report from SkySports earlier today.
Klopp is a huge admirer of the 18-year-old and he was widely thought to be his first-choice target at left-back in 2017 prior to signing Andrew Robertson and he is still thought to retain an interest in the star.
Having since progressed to playing on the left-wing for Fulham, Sessegnon would provide welcome versatility for Klopp and be able to provide fresh competition for the front three.
Despite lighting up the Championship on route to Fulham’s promotion to the Premier League, the current Championship Player of the Year has endured a difficult introduction to the top flight, although he managed to score his first goal for the Whites in Saturday’s 4-2 defeat to Cardiff City.
With the news that he is set to renew his contract with Fulham, with his representatives having opened negotiations over extending his stay at the club, it looks increasingly unlikely that Sessegnon will join Liverpool and Klopp may have to look elsewhere when finding a replacement for the inevitable exit of Alberto Moreno.
The other disappointing blow for Klopp comes in the form of Adrien Rabiot, with esteemed French journalist Julien Laurens revealing he is set to snub advances from Liverpool and Barcelona to resign with PSG.
With multiple previous reports stating that Rabiot was eyeing a new challenge and wanted to leave the Ligue 1 champions, it thus comes as a surprising twist to hear he is close to agreeing on a three year deal to extend his stay.
When discussing Rabiot’s situation, Laurens stated that: “I think it was quite positive. I don’t think it’s the first time Rabiot’s men have talked with people from the club. The interest from Klopp is even pre-Liverpool and Liverpool, since Klopp have always been there.”
It would certainly be a huge shame if the Reds miss out on the 23-year-old midfielder, who has the ability to operate all throughout the midfield and surely would have been top class in Klopp’s system.