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Calvin Ramsay: Liverpool complete £6.5m move for right-back from Aberdeen | Soccer News

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Liverpool have completed the signing of Aberdeen right-back Calvin Ramsay for £6.5million.

Liverpool are paying an initial fee of £4m with an additional £2.5m in the form of add-ons.

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The 18-year-old recently traveled to Liverpool to finalize his personal terms and undergo a medical. The defender has signed a five-year contract at Anfield and will join Jurgen Klopp’s squad for the pre-season. Liverpool have no intention of loaning out Ramsay.

“I’m just buzzing and it’s a dream come true to really be here,” the defender told Liverpool’s official website after completing his move.

“It was a dream come true to play for Aberdeen, and now to be at one of the biggest, if not the biggest club in the world, it’s a huge achievement and I can’t wait to try and show it. to the fans what I’ve got.

“Hopefully I can come into pre-season, show everyone at the club, the staff, the players what I’ve got and then we’ll see what happens from there.”

Ramsay broke into Aberdeen’s first team in 2020/21 and made 33 appearances in the just-ended season, scoring one goal and registering nine assists in all competitions.

His performances won him the SFWA Young Player of the Year award while he also has European experience through the Europa Conference League, as well as international U21 experience.

Liverpool had been locked in talks with the Dons over the defender after making an initial offer of £4million, with £2million in add-ons.

However, it is understood that Aberdeen wanted at least £5m up front, with £5m in add-ons.

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Ramsay scored his first goal of the season in a draw against Dundee

But the agreed £6.5million fee ensures Ramsay will become Aberdeen’s record sale, surpassing their current record of £3million from Nottingham Forest for Scott McKenna. The Dons also received an extra £1million for the centre-back in the summer following Forest’s promotion to the Premier League.

Ramsay becomes Liverpool’s third signing this summer following the arrival of Darwin Nunez in a record £85million deal from Benfica and Fabio Carvalho, who signed from Fulham.

Sky Sports News revealed last week that Ramsay’s preferred choice was to join Liverpool, out of a number of interested clubs in England, Germany and Italy.

In January, Aberdeen rejected an offer for the Bologna player – understood to be an £830,000 loan offer, with an obligation to buy for £3.3m.

‘One of the best young full-backs in the world’

Ramsay won the award after an impressive season at Aberdeen
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Ramsay has won the Scottish Football Writers’ Young Player of the Year award after an impressive season at Aberdeen

Liverpool have identified Ramsay as a longtime rival right-back for England star Trent Alexander-Arnold – a player Ramsay has highlighted as one of his biggest influences.

“As a full-back, watching Trent and his crosses and his technical ability – if I can get to that level, that would be a bonus,” he said.

“Andy Robertson at Liverpool and (Kieran) Tierney at Arsenal have been brilliant and they’re players I look up to, especially since they’re full-backs like me. I think I could continue to do that too. “

Speaking over the season, Dons manager Jim Goodwin was unsurprised by the growing interest in the teenager.

He said: “Before January, Calvin was probably one of the best young full-backs in the world to be perfectly honest. It’s no exaggeration.

“His stats, his data in terms of number of attackers, crosses in the box was incredible.

“He had a little dip in form. Whether it was because his head was turned in January with whether he was moving or not moving.”

Who is Calvin Ramsay?

Calvin Ramsay has played for the Scotland Under-21s this year
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Ramsay starring for Scotland Under-21s this year

The youngster was one of Aberdeen’s shining lights as they endured a difficult season in the Scottish Premiership, eventually finishing 10th in the table.

The 18-year-old produced inspiring performances that showcased his natural talent, attracting interest from top clubs in England and Europe.

But Liverpool have won the race for the young player who is considered by many to be one of the most talented teenagers in European football.

He broke into the squad in the 2020/21 season and made 33 appearances for the Dons in the just-ended campaign, scoring one goal.

Ramsay made his European debut in a 5-1 win over Swedish side BK Hacken last July in a UEFA Europa Conference League qualifier, starting at right-back and netting first aim.

‘Ramsay will challenge Trent at right-back’

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SkySports’ Mark McAdam reviews what Calvin Ramsay will offer Liverpool after completing his £6.5m signing.

Sky Sports News reporter Mark McAdam:

“Calvin Ramsay is a hugely exciting young talent north of the border for about 18 months. Nine assists, which is really important for a right-back. Jurgen Klopp is moving and shaping this transfer window at the moment.

“He’s been watched by a lot of Premier League teams over the last 18 months or so, and some in Europe as well. Klopp wants to sign good, talented players who are ready to join the first team, but they also like hungry players. with huge potential and Ramsay is that.

“He’s not a player Liverpool want to loan out and see if he can get into the team, he’s someone who challenges Trent Alexander-Arnold straight away and wants him to show up on day one of pre-season. -season.”

“What that says for Liverpool is that they have a plan and a strategy – you can see that in the philosophy of their three signings. Darwin Nunez is ready to rock and roll at the highest level, with Fabio Carvalho and Calvin Ramsay, you have two exciting, raw but talented young players.

“They don’t just want to sign ready-made first-team players, Klopp wants to develop players. Calvin Ramsay ticks all those boxes. He’s an attacking full-back, that’s what Liverpool fans want to see. He’s right-footed, five-foot-ten, athletic and a lot of his game is assists.You see with Alexander-Arnold.

“We talk enthusiastically about what Liverpool are doing in the transfer market. They paid, in essence, £85m for Darwin Nunez, but they got a huge amount of money back with the sale of Sadio Mane.

“Liverpool invested that money in Nunez and two young players. Take your hat off to Liverpool. If you’re a Manchester United fan, a Chelsea fan, an Arsenal fan, you look at what Manchester City and Liverpool are doing and you say: I’m jealous. I’m envious. It’s a good targeted deal and they’re making early moves in the window and when the Liverpool players come in for pre-season the young players can gel.

Liverpool fixtures: Reds start at Fulham

Liverpool begin the 2022/23 Premier League campaign with a lunchtime trip to newly-promoted Fulham on Saturday August 6.

This will be the fourth season in a row that Liverpool have started a new campaign against a newcomer to the Premier League.

But having next faced Crystal Palace, Jurgen Klopp’s side will face Man Utd at Old Trafford on August 20.

September will include away trips to Everton and Chelsea in September and Liverpool will also face back-to-back clashes against Arsenal and champions Man City on October 8 and 15 respectively.

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Ex-Liverpool striker Neil Mellor reacts to his Premier League matches, including early ‘tough games’ against big rivals.

Liverpool’s last game before the season’s temporary halt for the Winter World Cup will be against Southampton at Anfield on November 12 before returning to action at Aston Villa on Boxing Day.

The Reds then host rivals United on March 4, before awkward clashes on back-to-back weekends at City (April 1) and against Arsenal at Anfield (April 8), before ending the season at Southampton.

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