Leicester player Ben Chilwell has become the latest young, up and coming superstar to be linked with a move to a club giant.
According to news reports, Liverpool are the next to be in line to fight for his signature and manager Jurgen Klopp has spoken about his admiration for the young Foxes playmaker.
“Ben, I first was aware of him when he was on loan at Huddersfield and Dave Wagner was pretty much in my ear every day,”
Klopp said ahead of Liverpool’s clash with Leicester on Saturday.
“Leicester didn’t want to let him go, so he’s still there, which is good for him. He’s a grown-up player, he’s not a kid anymore, and football-wise, he’s exceptional.”
Chilwell has also discussed ongoing speculation linking him with a move to Liverpool in 2016, telling Sky Sports this week:
“I was 17 at the time. ‘My agent was the one dealing with it all, talking to Liverpool and Leicester about the situation.
‘At the time, I was trying to break into the U21 team at Leicester so I was just focused on getting into that and progressing into the first team here.
‘Definitely no regrets. When I look at how the last four or five years have gone, starting eight games now for the England team is something I’m very happy with.
“Leicester was the right place for me to be at the time and the older players have helped me a lot.
“The staff have kept me grounded. Definitely no regrets.’ Klopp, meanwhile, has warned his Liverpool players about the threat of Leicester and England striker Jamie Vardy”.
“Jamie is always on your shoulder. He’s good. It’s not his only skill but he wants those situations and gets them. You have to make sure these situations don’t happen that often. ‘But they are much more flexible – it’s not like their first ball is always one in behind. It feels like if someone put in a ball behind me, Vardy would be there!’