Anfield side want young Stamford Bridge midfielder.
Liverpool are reportedly watching the progress of Chelsea youngster Josh McEachran – currently on loan at Middlesbrough – with a summer deal on the cards should he continue to do well.
A deal for the 19 year-old would be one of the surprises of the transfer window, but Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers is well known to be a fan of the youngster.
He took McEachran on loan to Swansea City when manager at the Liberty Stadium last season, and waxed lyrical about the move.
“Josh will fit in very easily here,” smiled Rodgers.
McEachran didn’t receive a great deal of playing time at Swansea – “He admitted he was behind with his conditioning,” said Rodgers – but now he has regular first team footbal under his belt he could finally go on to reach the potential he first displayed in the UEFA Champions League with Chelsea at the age of just 17.
McEachran would work well in tandem with the likes of Lucas Leiva, Joe Allen and Steven Gerrard, and would likely be a long term replacement for the on-loan Nuri Sahin.
Given that Josh McEachran has struggled to get a foot in the Stamford Bridge first team door it may be a wise option for Brendan Rodgers to target the young Blues midfielder. The former Chelsea reserve and youth team manager will no the 19 year old well and could well feel an ambitious move to land the England Under 21 international would adhere nicely with Liverpool’s youthful transfer policy, but how likely are the West London side to sell the youngster?
It’s almost two years since McEachran made his Premier League debut and if anything the Oxford born teenager has moved further down the Chelsea pecking order and seen youngsters like Eden Hazard, Oscar, Oriol Romeu all move ahead of him in the queue whilst central midfielders Ramires and Frank Lampard would also need to be negotiated for the starlet to force his way back into the first team.
McEachran has still only made one Premier League start for Chelsea but is now garnering regular first team football at Middlesbrough and his quality performances have helped the Riverside side to top the Championship table, how happy will he be to return to West London only to once again warm the bench?
Liverpool may be an easier nut to crack in that respect. Nuri Sahin may well end up returning to Real Madrid after his loan spell and Steven Gerrard is clearly in the latter stages of his career and Rodgers will know that McEachran has the potential to make a big name for himself in the top tier, perhaps he could fulfill that potential on Merseyside?
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