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Rumour Mongering: Czech Sensation on Liverpool Radar

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The 18-year old has caught the eye of a number of top clubs across the continent.

AC Sparta Praha v Lille OSC - UEFA Europa League Photo by Baptiste Fernandez/Icon Sport via Getty Images

With the Super League receding into the background after dominating the airwaves for the past few days, things have begun returning to normal in the football world, which means copious transfer rumours to sink your teeth into.

After Liverpool were dubiously linked with a €100m move for Borussia Dortmund’s Jadon Sancho earlier today, a more plausible target emerged mere hours later, as rumours began to swirl around Sparta Prague’s teen sensation Adam Hložek.

Only 18, the Czech striker has already notched a pair of international caps, as well as establishing himself as a nailed-on starter and crucial contributor for the reigning Fortuna Liga champions. Despite a broken foot back in November, the 6’1 forward has racked up five goals and seven assists in just over 1,000 minutes this season, and his four-month absence is considered an important reason Železná Sparta won’t be able to retain their throne this year.

Although he lacks elite pace, the 18-year old shows body strength, close control, game intelligence and composure under pressure that belies his young age, and would likely be considered an understudy to Roberto Firmino in Jürgen Klopp’s system, rather than an out-and-out goalscorer.

With just a year remaining on his deal, Hložek is likely available for a far more reasonable price than his talent would suggest, and, naturally, the Reds aren’t the only team aware of that fact. Borussia Dortmund, Bayern Munich, Juventus and West Ham are all reportedly monitoring the youngster, and it seems all but certain he’ll move on from his parent club in the summer.

Switching from the Reds of Vltava to the Reds of Merseyside seems as good a move as any.