sport news Liverpool: Calvin Ramsay's move is huge, as Scottish stars aren't supposed to ... trends now

sport news Liverpool: Calvin Ramsay's move is huge, as Scottish stars aren't supposed to ... trends now
sport news Liverpool: Calvin Ramsay's move is huge, as Scottish stars aren't supposed to ... trends now

sport news Liverpool: Calvin Ramsay's move is huge, as Scottish stars aren't supposed to ... trends now

After a season of so much bitter disappointment at Aberdeen, Calvin Ramsay's imminent sale to Liverpool provides a remarkable individual success story.

It's a big deal. Not just in terms of the club record fee that will be earned - £4.5million up front plus £3.5m of potential add-ons - but in the sheer magnitude of the purchaser.

Even the most prominent Scottish players aren't supposed to leave the domestic league and directly join one of the very best squads in world football. Recent history shows as much.

Calvin Ramsay's sale to Liverpool is a remarkable individual success story, and is a big deal

Calvin Ramsay's sale to Liverpool is a remarkable individual success story, and is a big deal

Jurgen Klopp believes that the young full back has sufficient promise to be part of his plans

Jurgen Klopp believes that the young full back has sufficient promise to be part of his plans

Andy Robertson had to take a detour through Hull City from Dundee United to reach his stellar heights at Anfield. A £25m deal took Kieran Tierney to Arsenal, a great club still working to recapture past glories, while Nathan Patterson docked with Everton and John McGinn had to work his way up from the Championship with Aston Villa.

But one season of regular first-team football and 39 appearances for his hometown club has been enough to convince Jurgen Klopp that Ramsay has sufficient promise to fill a vacancy in his future plans for the Champions League finalists.

None of that is to suggest the 18-year-old is a better player than any of the aforementioned, established Scotland internationals. He's not. Not yet, anyway.

Andy Robertson took a detour through Hull City from Dundee United before joining the Reds

Andy Robertson took a detour through Hull City from Dundee United before joining the Reds

Liverpool are paying for potential, but a recruitment system regarded as one of the most effective and innovative in the world sees a viable pathway for Ramsay to become the understudy to Trent Alexander-Arnold. That in itself is an unmistakable accolade.

It's understood Liverpool have yet to decide whether they will loan Ramsay out next season or push him into a back-up first-team role. But with a five-year contract set to be finalised, what happens next is largely up to the teenager.

Making a genuine breakthrough in Klopp's squad is an immense challenge. Especially when one of England's most gifted players is occupying your preferred role. Speaking when named SFWA Young Player of the Year in April, Ramsay highlighted Alexander-Arnold as an inspiration.

A look across Stanley Park also underlines some of the wider problems in terms of Ramsay adapting to an English Premier League environment. Two years older and already a senior Scotland cap,

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