Liverpool Transfer News: Ryan Sessegnon Talk Amid Latest Premier League Rumours

Chris LakerFeatured ColumnistFebruary 7, 2017

Fulham's English defender Ryan Sessegnon (R) takes on Hull City's Serbian midfielder Lazar Markovi? (L) during the English FA Cup fourth round football match between Fulham and Hull City at Craven Cottage in London on January 29, 2017. / AFP / Glyn KIRK / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or 'live' services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications.  /         (Photo credit should read GLYN KIRK/AFP/Getty Images)
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Liverpool are the front-runners in the battle to sign Fulham teenager Ryan Sessegnon, amid interest from Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur, according to reports.

The 16-year-old has caught the eye with some impressive performances for the Championship side this season, and the Craven Cottage club are believed to be holding out for a £15 million fee should they decide to sell, per Greg Stobart of Squawka.

The report added Sessegnon will consider his future, but Premier League clubs may be put off by the high price Fulham are demanding.

The left-back has caught the eye with his emergence from the Fulham youth ranks and has featured eight times in the starting lineup in the Championship.

He has also come to prominence by scoring in successive FA Cup games to help Slavisa Jokanovic's side reach the fifth-round stage, where they face an intriguing home tie against Spurs on Feb. 19, who are likely to get an up-close look at Sessegnon.

At 16, Sessegnon's winning goal against Cardiff City in the third round saw him become one of the youngest scorers in the competition's history. It prompted his manager to label him one of the most talented teenagers in England, per Sky Sports.

Jokanovic said: "I am sure that he is going to be a very important player for us in the future. But he's only 16 years old, we have to be careful with him, and I prefer not to talk so much about Ryan Sessegnon. He's a very intelligent kid, he's working very hard and has to keep going."

Fulham's English defender Ryan Sessegnon (R) scores their third goal during the English FA Cup fourth round football match between Fulham and Hull City at Craven Cottage in London on January 29, 2017. / AFP / Glyn KIRK / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No us
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Sessegnon is a clear prospect who could become a real attacking force if his development continues apace and he adds match experience and increased strength to his slight frame.

With four goals this season, he has proved he has an eye for a finish and has showed useful versatility in midfield along with his appearances in the Cottagers' back line.

OptaJoe referenced the significance of Sessegnon's goal against Cardiff in the Championship on Aug. 20, 2016:

Liverpool's reported interest in the Fulham youngster perhaps comes as little surprise.

Manager Jurgen Klopp has made midfielder James Milner his first-choice left-back this campaign, but despite the former England international's dependability, the German boss is likely to eventually prefer a natural left-sided player who can add better balance to his side, a role Sessegnon could feasibly grow into.

Should Spurs rival Liverpool for Sessegnon's signature, they can hold up the example of the progress made by Danny Rose in the left-back position at the north London club.

HIGH WYCOMBE, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 10: Ryan Sessegnon of England U19 during the U19 International match between England and Bulgaria at Adams Park on October 10, 2016 in High Wycombe, England. (Photo by Catherine Ivill - AMA/Getty Images)
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Rose has developed under the guidance of boss Mauricio Pochettino, both defensively and particularly as an attacking wide player over the past two seasons.

Pochettino's apparent readiness to hand young players first-team opportunities may appeal to Sessegnon should he decide his future lies away from Fulham.

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