By Scott Taylor
Ben Chilwell is the latest youngster to be linked with a move to Premier League side Liverpool, with Jurgen Klopp’s side weighing up a £4m move for the highly-rated left-back. The defender, 19, is currently on loan at Championship side Huddersfield Town, and is still awaiting his Premier League debut for Leicester. However, according to various reports, Liverpool are interested in bringing the England U20 international to Anfield in the upcoming January transfer window.
The manager of Chilwell’s loan side Huddersfield is David Wagner, who worked with Klopp during his spell in charge of Borussia Dortmund. Klopp and Wagner are in continuous close contact, where Wagner has praised the performances of the left-back, so there is no surprise links have emerged in the last 24 hours. During his loan spell with the Terriers, Chilwell has made seven appearances, starting in six of the games. Liverpool’s chief scout, Barry Hunter, has also reportedly watched the England youth international on numerous occasions this season.
Chilwell hasn’t made his Premier League debut for Claudio Ranieri’s side yet, but did make his professional debut in the Foxes Capital One Cup defeat against Hull in October. He is set to return to his parent club at the beginning of January, and he may be given an opportunity to impress after the latest injury to Jeffrey Schlupp. The defender has made 22 appearances for the Foxes’ U21 side, where he had scored twice and picked up four assists.
The highly-rated defender has attracted interest from several other Premier League sides including Tottenham and Arsenal, where the latter had a £3.5m bid rejected by Leicester last season. It is reported that Liverpool are set to return with a bigger offer for the youngster in recent weeks.