Liverpool’s next step after ending the club’s 30-year title wait will be to compete with the upcoming mega spending spree Manchester City are about to embark on to close the gap between the two teams.

While it is almost certain that the Reds will not find a player in the transfer market capable of dislodging any of their current best XI, there are still certain positions in the team that require a top-up.

One area is in the left-back department, according to The Mirror, Liverpool have been previously touted with an interest in Norwich City’s Jamal Lewis.

LONDON, ENGLAND – JULY 14: Willian of Chelsea tussles with Jamal Lewis of Norwich City during the Premier League match between Chelsea FC and Norwich City at Stamford Bridge on July 14, 2020 in London, England. Football Stadiums around Europe remain empty due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in all fixtures being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

A viable option?

Andy Robertson has been a revelation for the club and once again has been highly durable and is rarely an injury concern. In fact, the Scotsman has only been unavailable for just two Premier League matches all season.

However, he cannot be expected to consistently start 50 matches a season without the team having a naturally suited left-sided full-back who can cover if an injury were to ever setback Robertson.

Also, Norwich’s recently confirmed relegation could mean that Liverpool could secure Lewis for a cut-price given the current climate that has been affected by the global pandemic.

Profile-wise, Lewis, 20 has not been as attacking as Robertson this season under Daniel Farke, who employs his full-backs in a more defensive manner compared with Liverpool.

He is comfortable carrying and dribbling the ball at a high volume but would seemingly need to adapt his game quite a lot to slot into how Klopp likes his team to play.

Despite this, he has proven an effective player defensively and when going forward averaging 38 passes a game as well as a 67 per cent tackle success.

Against Chelsea last night, Lewis completed more dribbles (3) than any Chelsea player and was only bettered by Onel Hernandez during Norwich’s 1-0 defeat at Stamford Bridge.

The most impressive aspect of last night’s performance was his 100 per cent dribble success. While Christian Pulisic attempted five dribbles in comparison, only two were completed.

If Lewis were to join Liverpool his statistics would implement a player who is encouraged to get forward yet, more importantly, is largely effective when doing so.

LONDON, ENGLAND – JULY 14: Jamal Lewis of Norwich City is battles for the ball with Willian of Chelsea during the Premier League match between Chelsea FC and Norwich City at Stamford Bridge on July 14, 2020 in London, England. Football Stadiums around Europe remain empty due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in all fixtures being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Darren Walsh/Chelsea FC via Getty Images)

Also, at just 20, if Lewis were to be honed and developed similarly to Robertson, who also joined Liverpool from a relegated club, it could create some healthy competition to ensure the standards are maintained in a position that has been hugely creative for the Reds this season.

It certainly is a move that has excited several Liverpool supporters after some were seen on social media calling for the club to bring the talented Englishman to Anfield.

A long-discussed move may take some time to sort out when it comes to agreeing on a fee with Norwich. But it could well be worth it.

 

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