Report: Chelsea gem doesn't want to join Liverpool despite naming Gerrard as his boyhood hero

Lewis Bate reportedly isn’t keen on a potential move to Liverpool as he feels the situation would be similar to his standpoint with Chelsea.

According to The Athletic, Bate doesn’t believe a switch to Anfield would benefit his development any more than it would at Stamford Bridge.

The 18-year-old is under serious transfer scrutiny after apparently turning down a new Chelsea contract.

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This has alerted a swarm of Premier League clubs, with Liverpool said to be part of the interested pack.

However, a deal between the two teams for the midfielder seems unlikely due to Bate’s view on the possible scenario.

He feels the Reds would just throw him into their development sides, rather than straight into the first-team.

Red temptation

There must be some appeal about joining up with Jurgen Klopp’s squad.

During an interview with the Chelsea website, Bates admitted that Steven Gerrard was one of his heroes growing up.

“There are two people – Frank Lampard and Steven Gerrard,” he said.

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“Just because I knew they were the best players at their clubs at the time and both English midfielders.

“I remember watching Gerrard and seeing him as being Liverpool’s main man and the captain, while Lampard was the ultimate goalscoring midfielder. They had it all.”

Like many aspiring footballers of Bate’s generation, Lampard and Gerrard were the pinnacles of success in England.

And the current Blues star would do extremely well to emulate either of their legacies.

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His status at Cobham is already sky-high, having made the senior’s bench twice and was named PL2 Player of the Month last December.

Some connected to Chelsea even view Bate as a better talent than Gilmour was at the same age.

If not Liverpool, Leeds United are said to be front runners in the race for the teenager.

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Nathaniel is a football journalist who graduated from the University of Derby. He has worked at Burton Albion as part of their media team for two years. Nathaniel produces regular articles for the club’s official website and match-day programme. He covered the 2018 U20 Women’s World Cup in Brittany and has reported from grounds ranging from non-league up to the Premier League.