Liverpool have a big decision to make this summer regarding left-back cover for next season.
Whether Jurgen Klopp is to look at internal options within the club or to look at bringing in potential cover from outside Anfield remains to be seen.
While it seems unlikely Liverpool will look to bolster their options next season with high-profile additions, he did indicate that the club will buy the right players if the transfer meets fits the correct criteria.
Speaking in his Tuesday afternoon press conference, he said: “We cannot buy just because other teams buy, we cannot buy because everybody wants us to.”
“We can buy if we have the money for it, if we have the need for it, all that stuff. Then, we will be there. If one of these things is not there, then we will not.
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“We will go again and will not use it as an excuse.”
Most Liverpool supporters would agree that another option at left-back is needed, with too much weight currently placed on Andy Robertson’s shoulders in that defensive regard.
The real dilemma comes relative to money which may or may not be available following the global epidemic.
However, given Norwich City’s recent confirmation to the Championship next season, Liverpool could look towards options at the lower end of the Premier League pyramid.
This all feeds into the reasoning why Jamal Lewis could turn out to be Liverpool’s best option in the market this summer.
Here is a closer look at three reasons why he should be top of the list….
Age and ability
Lewis could be a special talent. He is an attack-minded left-back who has flourished in the Premier League this season.
Having clocked up 27 appearances in England’s top-flight, at 22, Lewis would be an assured an able deputy to Robertson.
While he is does not boast the same attacking statistics as Robertson, largely due to Daniel Farke’s more defensive approach, Lewis has proven he can deliver in front of goal if his ability is honed properly.
His undeniable quality was there for all to see after Lewis struck a sumptuous left-footed winner against Leicester City in March.
According to the Belfast Telegraph, Liverpool have already been quoted at £20 million for Lewis which could prove to be a shrewd deal if Klopp were to pursue.
Afterall Liverpool have been in this position before when looking to benefit from luring a recently relegated left-back to Anfield in the past.
If Lewis were to come in there is no doubt he would be utilised as a squad player but considering his age and promise there is no reason he could not to look to challenge for the left-back spot in seasons to come.
Also, Lewis has had to fight for his spot in the team with Sam Byram under Farke this season which showcases the youngster will certainly not take anything for granted if he were to make the step-up at Liverpool.
Liverpool have benefitted before
Let us not forget that it wasn’t too long ago that eyebrows were raised when Liverpool looked to solve their full-back woes with a recently relegated Scotsman back in 2017.
Robertson’s £10 million capture from Hull City three years ago has proven to be one of the club’s shrewdest acquisition in modern times.
The Scotland captain has quickly established himself as one of the top full-backs in world football and has already won both the Champions League and Premier League.
There is no doubt that having Robertson as his mentor that Lewis could look to emulate the 26-year-old’s achievements.
If Liverpool were to sign the Northern Ireland international from Norwich there is no questioning that the Reds will have sufficient cover in an area that has caused serious concerns during the course of this season.
The only players naturally suited to the left at Liverpool besides Robertson are Yaser Larouci and Adam Lewis. However, Larouci is reportedly in talks to join either Leeds or Brentford (Goal) while Lewis is expected to go out on loan.
Therefore Lewis could be the perfect player for the challenges and aspirations Liverpool may look to throw at the youngster next season.
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