‘no brainer’ for Liverpool, says Steve McManaman as Bukayo Saka is a must, if they can get him on a free.

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Liverpool have been told signing Arsenal youngster Bukayo Saka is a must, if they can get him on a free.

The 18-year-old wondered has enjoyed a brilliant breakthrough for the Gunners this season.

Sara shone during Arsenal’s 1-0 Europa League victory over Olympiakos on Thursday night as his precision pass provided Alexandre Lacazette an easy finish for the winning goal.

Saka’s contract expires in June 2021 – and new boss Mikel Arteta is determined to keep hold of the talented teenager following reported interest from Liverpool and Manchester United.

And now Anfield legend Steve McManaman reckons Jurgen Klopp should be keeping close tabs on the ongoing situation.

“If there are contract issues and he ever becomes available on a free transfer then that’s a no brainer,” he said, writing in his column.

“You’re taking someone on a free contract who’s young and has a lot of potential.

“He looks like a really good player, but he’s incredibly young.

“If he continues his development at left-back, then he’s not as good as Andy Robertson at the moment.

“If he does join Liverpool then he’s got a long wait and Liverpool already have a couple of young left-backs waiting in the wings who we’ve seen in the FA Cup this year, who would probably be on a par with Bukayo Saka at this moment in time.

“It all depends on numerous things such as economics and whether it’s a deal that Liverpool thinks is worth doing. They may think that it’s a deal not necessarily in need, but they may do it anyway.”

Gunners boss Arteta admitted Saka is currently playing out of position but insisted he will eventually find his rightful place in their starting XI.

“He’s not a full-back. He’s responded in the right way, he’s got a lot of courage. I’m very pleased with his performance.

“We try to put him in the right position, surrounded by the right players in the right position.”

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