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Liverpool make Sessegnon key target with no substance in Theo Hernandez links

18:31 GMT+3 10/04/2017
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Suggestions the Reds have put in an offer for the France youth international are wide of the mark, with interest centering on Fulham’s wonderkid

Ryan Sessegnon is Liverpool’s primary target at left-back with the club having not made an approach for Atletico Madrid’s Theo Hernandez.

Reports in Spain claimed the Premier League side had submitted a proposal for the latter, on loan at Alaves, which would have seen his salary quintuple if he made the switch to Anfield. 

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However, there is understood to have been no such offer for the French youngster with the Reds’ thinking for the position currently centering around Fulham’s teenage prodigy. 

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Sessegnon is viewed as Liverpool’s long-term answer on the left side of their rearguard. James Milner has operated at fullback admirably this season, and as with Trent Alexander-Arnold deputising for Nathaniel Clyne on the opposite flank, the club believe the 16-year-old can act as the vice-captain’s understudy while he continues his development. 

Alberto Moreno, who has been afforded just eight starts in all competitions this season, is expected to depart in the summer with the club already fielding multiple enquiries about the Spaniard.

Attempts to secure Sessegnon would not be seamless, though, as the division’s top teams have heavily scouted him, with Arsenal especially interested.

The England youth international will certainly not be short of options ahead of next season, but could still opt to continue his advancement at Craven Cottage.

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While nothing is concrete yet, there is confidence at Liverpool that the Championship’s youngest-ever goalscorer will choose to further develop under Jurgen Klopp’s guidance. 

The Merseysiders have demonstrated their dedication to youth through their Talent Group project, which bridges the gap between the Academy and the first-team.

Alexander-Arnold, with 11 appearances thus far in his breakthrough campaign, is one such benefactor of this approach and is Sessegnon’s team-mate for England’s Under-19s.

Liverpool envision a future of both supremely talented teenagers speeding up and down the flanks for the club as they do for their country.