Liverpool may be kicking themselves for missing out on Evan Ferguson for years to come
According to Graeme Bailey on the Talking Transfers Podcast, Liverpool were aware of Ferguson while he was playing in Ireland, but they were unable to sign the ‘class act’ at the time.
Ferguson was a target for Liverpool, but he eventually ended up at Brighton, where he is now establishing himself as one of the Premier League’s most promising young players.
Ferguson is now being billed as a £100 million player, and Liverpool passed on signing him when no one knew who he was.
Liverpool could have won Ferguson
Bailey discussed Ferguson’s career path.
“He won’t be leaving this summer; Bayern Munich and Barcelona are among the clubs interested in him.” He’s currently one of Europe’s best young strikers. This is a guy who has been known about since his time in Ireland, and he’s happy in Brighton. He’s a true gentleman. He’s a hulking 18-year-old with a lot more to his game. “We could be talking about one of Europe’s most in-demand forwards in two years,” Bailey said.
“To their credit, Manchester United and Liverpool knew about him before he went to Brighton, and he went there with his international colleague Andy Moran, who is another one to watch.”
Liverpool squandered a huge opportunity here.
The Reds have a fantastic strikeforce, but there isn’t a team in the Premier League that wouldn’t jump at the chance to sign the 18-year-old right now.
The Irishman’s ceiling appears to be very high, and while he’s unlikely to be a starter for Liverpool right now, he’d be a valuable asset as a young rotation option.