Liverpool’s Gaze Falls on PSV’s Brightest Star, Bakayoko
In the bustling world of football, where loyalty waxes and wanes, Liverpool are weaving their narrative. Amid the constant buzz around Mohamed Salah’s future, Liverpool’s discerning eyes have wandered towards PSV Eindhoven. Enter Johan Bakayoko, the 20-year-old sensation who’s setting Europe alight.
The Rise of a Belgian Gem
There’s a unique allure about players who seamlessly transition from youth ranks to the grand stages of senior football. Johan Bakayoko embodies this journey, impressing all with his stellar performances for both club and country over the past year.
His record is impeccable: nine goals and six assists in 39 appearances for PSV last season, punctuated with an early flourish this season, including two assists against Sturm Graz in the Champions League qualifiers.
“One of the most exciting prospects in Europe”, they say. And the echo of that sentiment is loud, with giants like Paris Saint-Germain and Napoli flirting with the idea of bringing Bakayoko on board.
But Liverpool, ever so strategic, have also earmarked this young ace, especially with the clouds of uncertainty looming over Salah’s long-term future at Anfield.
Anfield’s Future Without Salah?
Salah has been nothing short of an institution at Liverpool. With clubs in Saudi Arabia allegedly courting the Egyptian magician, it’s evident that a backup plan is crucial for the Merseysiders.
This sentiment was, however, softened slightly when Salah’s agent, Ramy Abass, underscored the player’s “commitment” to Liverpool on Twitter on 7 August. Yet, with Salah’s contract set to expire in June 2025, it’s only logical for the club to be forward-thinking.
Bakayoko: A Fitting Heir to the Throne?
There are uncanny similarities between Salah and Bakayoko. Both thrive as right-sided inverted wingers. While Salah is an established global icon, Bakayoko is paving his path to stardom.
His senior Belgium debut in March and his first goal during a qualifier win against Estonia in June are testimony to his burgeoning talent. And lest we forget, Bakayoko isn’t just a fleeting sensation. He has come through the esteemed youth systems of Leuven, Club Brugge, and Anderlecht, and boasts 20 goals across 55 games in PSV’s youth setup.
Secured at PSV until June 2026, this young prodigy is more than just a contingency for Liverpool. He represents a future, a narrative of continuous success.
All of this, of course, as reported by Football Insider, suggests that Anfield might soon be echoing the chants of a new hero. But only time will unveil whether Bakayoko will don the iconic red or if Salah’s reign at Liverpool will see an extended epoch.