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Lille defender Sven Botman hands Liverpool hope in response to transfer rumours

Lille defender Sven Botman hands Liverpool hope in response to transfer rumours

Lille star Sven Botman has addressed rumours linking him with Premier League side, Liverpool.

Sven Botman impressing with Lille

Botman, who is only 21 years of age, joined French outfit Lille from Ajax last summer.

The Ligue 1 side are understood to have paid around £7m to land Botman.

The stopper had little senior experience to his name before this season, having made his way through the youth ranks of the Dutch champions.

Despite his inexperience, though, Botman has taken to Ligue 1 like a duck to water, playing a key role in Lille’s success this term.

All told, Botman has featured in 35 of Les Dogues’ league outings, as they push towards a shock title.

It is also worth pointing out that, at present, Lille boast the best defensive record in the French top-flight.

Botman responds to Liverpool links

Amid his impressive start to life in France, Botman was linked with a move to Liverpool back in the winter transfer window.

And such links have come back to the fore once again this weekend.

The defender, during an interview with The Athletic, was quizzed on his links to Anfield.

And, in a boost to the Reds, Botman went on to admit that he would be lying if he said he was not intrigued by the prospect:

“It is a good compliment when you hear these clubs are interested.

“I’m lying if I say it’s not interesting me — it’s the first time such big clubs are linked to me — but it was early days because in January I was only at Lille for half a season. It was nice to hear but I was focusing on Lille and I’m still doing this.”

The centre-back also spoke about his admiration for the Premier League:

“After the season I will enjoy a vacation and see what happens next. If I’m honest, the Premier League is one of the leagues I dreamed about… but also Serie A, La Liga, the Bundesliga.

“The Premier League is something special. It’s the football I really like and that fits me. The style of play, the emotion; I really like to see the fans with such big emotions in the stands.

“It is a beautiful competition I really like to watch and did for pretty much all my life.”

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This article was edited by Conor Laird.

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