Levi Colwill recently acknowledged that Steven Gerrard was his football hero growing up and that he has been linked to a transfer to Liverpool this summer.
Liverpool has been after a player who grew up watching and idolizing a certain Steven Gerrard over the past year. Jürgen Klopp sought for Jude Bellingham because he was a remarkable wonderkid who had admired the Reds icon as a youngster.
Real Madrid appears to be winning the race to sign Bellingham, who was Bellingham’s idol as a young player. However, Liverpool is now interested in another player who idolized Gerrard.
Levi Colwill, a defender for Chelsea, was reportedly coveted by both Liverpool and Manchester City in April, according to The Evening Standard. The goal has since added that while this is the truth, Chelsea is unwilling to allow the player to depart.
Levi Colwill is a huge fan of former Reds midfielder Steven Gerrard, which may be helpful in any transfer chase. However, it is unclear whether he will end up in Merseyside in the coming months.
When questioned about his football heroes in 2021, he responded, “Growing up, it was always Steven Gerrard, a leader,” according to a recording that just leaked on social media. I used to have images of him in my room and I constantly tried to imitate him before practicing or playing. I was just so impressed by him. I used to pretend to be him, wear his clothes, and do things like that. I simply turned to face him. Although I never really played central midfield, I always attempted to adopt his approach, therefore I started there.
Colwill does play defense rather than midfield, but his background as a center-back may help explain why Klopp appears to be interested in signing him. The fact that Brighton & Hove Albion are also interested in the 20-year-old defender (whose original proposal of $37 million, £30 million, or €35 million was reportedly rejected this week) can be attributed to the myriad of beneficial advantages associated with his playing.
For starters, the Gerrard disciple is a homegrown talent, which might be crucial for the Reds given that James Milner, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, and Caoimhn Kelleher are all expected to leave the club this summer if Liverpool receives a fair offer from a suitor.
Colwill is left-footed as well, which might be one of the main draws for Klopp. Except for full-backs Andy Robertson and Kostas Tsimikas, the Reds manager now lacks a left-footed option at the back because Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez, Ibrahima Konaté, and Jol Matip are all right-footers.
Aymeric Laporte and Nathan Aké play for Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City. At Arsenal, Mikel Arteta has Gabriel Magalhaes and Jakub Kiwior, while Erik ten Hag, who acquired Lisandro Martnez last summer, has him at Manchester United. The biggest English clubs share this sentiment, and Newcastle United even moved to buy Sven Botman from Lille a little over a year ago.
Guardiola emphasized the importance of having a left-footed central defender when he acquired Laporte from Athletic Bilbao in 2018. It is quicker for us to play with a right-footer in that position because he instantly controls to the left once the ball comes from the right and plays it to Leroy Sané.
Colwill would fill a large vacancy in Liverpool’s defense that is created by the lack of lefties in the middle of the defense, but his Chelsea contract may prove to be problematic. Sending players to Anfield is undoubtedly an unattractive notion, but the Blues must sell players this summer to balance the books.
Manchester City have agreed personal terms with Mateo Kovacic and are confident of completing the transfer.
Chelsea has made that error previously, allowing Daniel Sturridge to join the Reds before eventually selling Mohamed Salah to AS Roma, only for the Egyptian international to later go on to smash numerous records for Liverpool. Due to the hurt caused to the Stamford Bridge club by transferring players to Merseyside over the past ten years, Brighton may be a more practical destination for the young superstar.
The $37 million Seagulls proposal was immediately turned down. It seems sense that Chelsea’s new manager, Mauricio Pochettino, would want to keep him at the Bridge, but the club is increasingly in need of selling players. To balance its budget, Chelsea will need to let certain players go, including some that it would prefer to keep. Liverpool might come in and push the Blues to make another Salah misstep in the market if Brighton is unable to sign him in the upcoming weeks.