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18-year-old says he’s now being told to join Liverpool, after claims Reds are watching him

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Liverpool fans have been urging a talented young winger to join them, after links emerged with the Reds.

As always, Liverpool are on the lookout for the best talent in world football. According to reports from last month, this led them to take a look at Hacken forward Momodou Sonko.

And now, the 18-year-old has spoken out on claims that Reds scouts travelled to watch him in the Europa League. Interviewed by Swedish outlet Sport Bladet, Sonko was asked about what his friends think about being linked to the likes of Liverpool and Barcelona.

“I have some Liverpool fans and some Barca fans. They want me to go to the club they’re cheering for,” admitted the Sweden U19 international. “It’s kind of funny. I get a lot written to me from my friends. It’s fun in the beginning but it can be too much too.”

Sonko was also asked how he’d react if Jurgen Klopp were to pick up the phone and ask him to come to Anfield.

“If he were to call privately, I would laugh. It’s pretty unlikely,” replied the youngster. “It’s easier for him to reach my agents than me. I haven’t gotten that call anyway.”

Sonko laughs off Reds interest

Of course, this doesn’t mean that Sonko isn’t interested in a move to Liverpool. It sounds purely like a bit of banter between friends.

With all due respect for Hacken, playing for the Reds must feel a fair way from turning out for the Wasps.

Although they punched above their weight and landed themselves in the Europa League, the Gothenburg-based club are tiny in comparison to Liverpool.

Their stadium, Bravida Arena, holds a capacity of just 6,500. It’s hardly Anfield.

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As a result, young Sonko must feel a fair way away from turning out at some of Europe’s top stadiums.

So, it’s good to hear that he’s keeping his feet on the ground. Some youngsters would get decidedly carried away to hear that some of the continent’s big boys are tracking them. But not Sonko.

That shows a good attitude, and is sure to impress Klopp, should he call the teenager.

With the Swedish top division currently in its off-season, Liverpool will have to wait a few more months to watch Sonko again. If he continues to do well at Hacken, those calls to switch to Anfield will grow louder.

Liverpool are unlikely to make a January acquisition. However, if there is one area where the club could strengthen this month it’s the centre-back department.

Joel Matip is unlikely to return to action before the end of the season. His absence is a huge loss for Jurgen Klopp’s side. And he could do with another option to choose from in defence.

January is a tough market though, and it’s always difficult to pull off potential deals. However, there is one player who might just be available and who could the perfect transfer.
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Liverpool interest in Kevin Mantilla confirmed

As we reported, Liverpool’s interest in Kevin Mantilla was confirmed last week by Talleres president Andres Fassi as per La Voz.
The Argentinian league only begins at the end of the January, and this means this period is still the equivalent of the summer window in Europe for clubs like Talleres. Which would allow Liverpool to potentially swoop in for Mantilla – who seems like an exciting prospect.
The 20-year-old defender predominantly plays as a right-sided centre-back.
He’s very composed on the ball, and like Matip he is very adept in reading the game and sniffing out danger.

Kevin Mantilla stats

Last season, Mantilla ranked in the top 10 centre-back for possession adjusted interceptions as per Wyscout (9.48 per 90). He also won an impressive 70% of his defensive duels.

At last summer’s U20 World Cup, Mantilla was also the centre-back with the best defensive duel success rate winning 88%. This was a better success rate than Jarell Quansah, who still impressed with 79.17% at the same tournament.

Like Matip, Mantilla also has a bit of a habit of running forward with the ball, and out of centre-backs who averaged at least 0.9 dribbles per 90 in the Argentina top flight last season, Mantilla had the best dribble success rate with an impressive average of 87.5%.

Both an excellent defender and composed on the ball, Mantilla ticks a lot of boxes for Liverpool in terms of what Jurgen Klopp needs at the moment. The fact that Mantilla has even played as a left-sided centre-back and as a right-back in the past adds even further intrigue.

Liverpool would be smart to bring him to Anfield this month.

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