Liverpool linked with surprise move for Manchester United youngster in deal that could suit all parties
Liverpool are reportedly tracking Manchester United left-back Luke Shaw according to the Daily Telegraph.
The young England full-back came in for seemingly unfair criticism from Jose Mourinho in recent weeks over his apparent commitment to the cause and this has fueled speculation that the former Southampton man could be set to leave Old Trafford.
Following Man United’s 3-1 away win over Swansea City the Portuguese manager made a point of singling Shaw and fellow defender Chris Smalling, stating;
“Smalling doesn’t feel that he can play 100 per cent with his pain,” he said. “Luke Shaw told me this morning that he was not in the condition to play so we had to build a defensive line.
“I mean that we have players with problems but we have on the pitch players with problems! That is what I mean.
“In every sport, and I know that in other sports, they play at the highest level, how many times you play and you are not 100 per cent.”
The duo are unhappy with the treatment they’ve received from Mourinho and perhaps Jurgen Klopp sees this as an opportunity.
Liverpool have clearly brought in a number of former Southampton talents and the presence of Adam Lallana, Dejan Lovren and Nathaniel Clyne could aid any move for Shaw.
If Jose Mourinho doesn’t value Shaw, as would appear to be the case, then a sale is plausible but a sale to arch-rivals Liverpool may be harder to swallow.
Manchester United paid £27m for Shaw in the summer of 2014 and the youngster started last term well but in his second season he suffered a severe double leg break that left him sidelined for the best part of a year and is now back in contention but a recent injury lapse clearly hasn’t impressed Mourinho.
Klopp has been linked with a myriad of left-sided defenders of late with James Milner and Alberto Moreno sharing duties thus far this season and there is no denying that Shaw would represent a massive improvement on those options.
Liverpool sit top of the table and Klopp is clearly steering the Merseyside outfit in the right direction and the German has the pulling power to persuade big names to join his revolution and Shaw may be tempted by a fresh challenge if he feels he is not wanted by Mourinho.