Calvin Ramsay: Liverpool sign Aberdeen right-back for £4.2m

Calvin Ramsay, crowned three times by Scotland U21, will wear the number 22 shirt for Liverpool

Liverpool have completed the signing of 18-year-old Scottish right-back Calvin Ramsay from Aberdeen on a five-year deal for an initial £4.2million deal.

The deal for the Scotland Under-21 player also includes £2.5million in potential surcharges and a 17.5% sell clause.

There are no plans to loan Ramsay out on loan and he will join Jurgen Klopp’s first-team for pre-season.

“I’m just buzzing and it’s really a dream to be here,” said the defender.

“It was a dream come true to play for Aberdeen and now to play for one of the biggest, if not the biggest, clubs in the world is a massive achievement and I look forward to showing the fans what I can do . have.”

Ramsay made 33 appearances for Aberdeen last season, scoring one goal and registering nine assists.

He has made 39 appearances for the Scottish Premiership in total, having been promoted at youth level.

The full-back was named Young Player of the Year by the Scottish Football Writers’ Association in April after being linked with an impressive breakthrough campaign with numerous European clubs.

Ramsay said the development of young players like Trent Alexander-Arnold and Harvey Elliott was one of the reasons he joined the Reds.

“Here is obviously a way,” he said.

“That’s also one of the reasons why I chose him. Not only is it a huge club, they give young players opportunities in the first team.

“So if I can come in preseason and make my mark, there’s no reason I can’t push to get into the first-team squad.”

He is Liverpool’s third signing this summer after £64m Uruguayan striker Darwin Nunez from Benfica and £5m Fulham forward Fabio Carvalho.

Liverpool won the Carabao Cup and FA Cup last season but finished runners-up in the Premier League and lost the Champions League final to Real Madrid.

Analysis – BBC Scotland, Thomas Duncan

Ramsay is a player who passes the Boy Scouts’ mythical “eye test”. As a modern, attacking full-back, he is ball-safe, is strong with both feet and draws fouls with his dribbling ability.

A few months ago Aberdeen released a clip of Ramsay scoring with his weaker left foot from 30 yards while playing for the youth teams and another of him as a 13-year-old showing a range of skills in his backyard.

His only first-team goal – against Dundee in April – came in a similar vein when he clipped his left foot in the field and delivered a 20-yard sweep.

He contributed four league assists in a struggling Aberdeen side last season – only four non-old-firm players provided more – and created an average of 1.58 chances per 90 minutes.

Despite all the positives there is a lot to do as you would expect from an 18 year old.

Defending crosses at the back post is a weak spot and while he’s not low he’s still developing physically.

He doesn’t have the same presence as his Scotland right-back Nathan Patterson, who joined Everton in January and is two years older.

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