Anfield side opt against signing Ghanaian wide-man.
Liverpool have dropped their interest in Porto youngster Christian Atsu in order to focus on assuring playing time for their current youngsters, report the Liverpool Echo.
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers feels it would be more beneficial for his current crop of young stars to gain more first team action this season for Liverpool, rather than bring in Ghanaian winger Christian Atsu this summer. The likes of Raheem Sterling and Jordan Ibe are expected to play a more prominent role in the Reds’ line-up this season.
Porto winger Atsu, 21, has only 12-months to run on his current deal, and has been interesting both Liverpool and Tottenham this summer, and is reportedly available for as little as £3million, however, Liverpool deem this too much, and would rather give their young talent a run in the first team ahead of signing Atsu.
The Red are set to offer Raheem Sterling a new contract at the club following his impressive spell during the initial stages of the Premier League, as he continues his breakthrough into the Liverpool line-up on a more regular basis. Sterling has been linked with a loan move away from Anfield to secure more regular playing time.
It may be in Liverpool’s best interest to reignite their interest in Atsu however, following the news that long-term target Henrik Mhktaryan is to join Borussia Dortmund this week. For only £3million, it’s a relatively low-risk investment, which can be offset with the sale of flop winger Oussama Assaidi back to Holland, with PSV interested.