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Report states why Liverpool pulled out of Lloyd Kelly deal

Liverpool abandoned a deal to sign Lloyd Kelly due to the price that Bristol City were demanding, according to London Evening Standard.

The defender joined Bournemouth for £13million on the 18th of May after the Reds pulled out of a deal to sign the promising English defender.

Jurgen Klopp is in the market for defensive reinforcements but won’t overpay for players that he doesn’t feel will be guaranteed starters.

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Unlike Manchester City, who can blow £60million on the likes of Riyad Mahrez to sit on the bench, Liverpool aren’t quite as wealthy and need to be smart with the way they spend their money.

The Standard reports that Liverpool scrapped a deal for Kelly when it became clear that they would need to pay £13m to secure his signature as they felt it was too much.

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They claim this applies to young superstar Matthijs de Ligt who is set to leave Ajax Amsterdam this summer after a stunning breakout season with the Dutch side.

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Not overpaying for transfer targets is the main reason why Klopp has been so successful at Liverpool, signing the likes of Andy Robertson, Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane for well below their true market values.

Of course, the German did have to spend £75million on van Dijk and £67m on Alisson but both have shown that they will be worth those fees in the years to come and could repay that faith this season with a Champions League trophy.

With the summer transfer window still ahead of us, there is no doubt that Klopp and his team will conduct some really smart business and start next season strong.

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