Date of publication: Friday 21 February 2020, 6:30
Steve McManaman warned Bukayo Saka that he would face a “long wait” for regular first team action if he joined Liverpool.
The Arsenal starlet has been linked to the Reds, as well as Manchester United, in constant uncertainty about his contractual situation.
Saka has only 18 months remaining in her contract, and Arsenal is desperate to tie him to new improved terms after the promising start of his career at the Emirates Stadium.
Liverpool are said to be keeping an eye on the situation, but their former midfielder McManaman has a few concerns about the potential transfer, although he appreciates Saka as a player.
“He looks like a really good player, but he’s incredibly young,” he said in his column for HorseRacing.net.
“If there are contract problems and it never becomes available with a free transfer, it is not a problem, because you are taking someone with a free contract who is young and has a lot of potential.
“If he continues his development as a left back, at the moment he is not as good as Andy Robertson.
“If he joins Liverpool, he has a long wait and Liverpool already has a couple of young full-backs waiting behind the scenes that we saw in the FA Cup this year, who would probably be on par with Bukayo Saka at this moment in time.
“It all depends on a number of things like the economy and whether it is a business that Liverpool believes is worth doing. They may think it is not necessarily a business, but they could do it anyway.”