Liverpool are reportedly weighing up a move for Chelsea winger Callum Hudson-Odoi as manager Jurgen Klopp’s looks to improve his attacking options.
According to Italian outlet Calcio Mercato, the Reds are said to be “looking carefully” at the 20-year-old after failing to replace the departed Xherdan Shaqiri in the previous transfer window.
The report states that a January move could be on the cards for Hudson-Odoi, who was heavily linked with a loan move to Borussia Dortmund over the summer, although Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel was reluctant to let him leave.
Nevertheless, the skilful forward has still managed to bag 13 goals and provide a further 16 assists for the Blues, highlighting his truly top-class potential.
He struggled to hold down a regular spot in the first XI following Tuchel’s arrival at Stamford Bridge last season, though, starting just 10 Premier League games all campaign as the capital club finished fourth.
The youngster’s lack of game time led to Dortmund enquiring about his services a few months back, but their approach was rebuffed by the Chelsea hierarchy.
Since then, Tuchel has openly praised the England international for his attitude, claiming the level of competition is a large reason why Hudson-Odoi has spent so little time on the field under his tutelage.
“From the first day in pre-season I saw him on a different level, but struggling a bit to produce the same performances on the pitch,” said Tuchel. “To be absolutely fair, I have to say that sometimes we use him as a wing-back on the right side, which is for me not the very best position for him.
“He waits. This is far enough. He waits for a regular chance on the half-left position, but he fights against Mason Mount, against Kai Havertz, against Hakim Ziyech, against Christian Pulisic.
“When the door opens a little bit, we demand he puts his feet in between it and makes his mark. This can happen any time. He is not happy with his situation, and he will find that he gets frustrated at times, but he never ever brings his frustration to work – not one single day.
“He is a super nice guy in the dressing room and an absolutely positive guy. He is struggling on the sporting side because there is a lot of competition in his positions, but he never puts it on us or his teammates,” the former Paris Saint-Germain manager concluded.
However, Hudson-Odoi has only received 82 minutes of league action so far this season, remaining on the bench for four of Chelsea’s five top-flight encounters to date, potentially opening the door for director of football Michael Edw.
The £28.8m-rated wing wizard still has three years remaining on his current contract at Stamford Bridge, but his growing frustration could lead to an imminent exit, and Klopp would surely love to be able to call upon his services at Liverpool, as he can’t overplay the likes of Sadio Mane, Mohamed Salah and Diogo Jota or he risks them breaking down.
The Reds boss has shown that he has the faith to play youngsters and for Hudson-Odoi, there looks to be more chance of game time at Liverpool, who don’t quite have the strength in depth in wide areas as Chelsea.
This looks like a good deal for the player and for Liverpool, Michael Edwards must do all he can to try to make it happen.