Liverpool legend Steve McManaman says the Reds should only be interested in Bukayo Saka if the Arsenal youngster ever became available as a free agent, Completesports.com reports.
Saka, 18,is only tied to terms at Emirates until the summer of 2021 and the club are eager to put an extension in place, but no deal has been done as yet.
That has led to suggestions that Saka could be targeted by the likes of Liverpool and Manchester United.
“He looks like a really good player, but he’s incredibly young,” McManaman told HorseRacing.net.
“If there are contract issues and he ever becomes available on a free transfer then that’s a no brainer because you’re taking someone on a free contract who’s young and has a lot of potential.”
The former Real Madrid star however pointed out that it would not be a good idea to sign the youngster now because he will never displace Liverpool first-choice left-back Andy Robertson.
“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.”
Arsenal are also understandably reluctant to part with a home-grown star.
Former Gunners winger Ray Parlour is eager to see an extension put in place, telling talkSPORT: “I think he has to get tied down now on a new contract. I think they are trying to organise it at the moment.”
Saka has 25 appearances for Arsenal this season, recording three goals and eight assists.
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