Andy Robertson’s injury has highlighted Liverpool’s shortage of options at full-back with Kostas Tsimikas the only senior cover. Teenagers Luke Chambers and Calum Scanlon are set to be given opportunities to prove themselves over the next few months.
Maatsen offers more experience than Liverpool’s academy players having spent three years on loan in the EFL. But he’s not had much experience at the elite level, making him a gamble purchase for any top club looking to bring in more cover.
At close to £31m, that gamble is a high price to pay for a club like Liverpool with a limited budget. Chelsea have managed to get both Arsenal and United to stump up the cash for inflated asking prices recently.
But Liverpool need only look at Havertz and Mount’s lack of progress at their new clubs to suggest that money could be better spent elsewhere.