This summer Liverpool are set to build, albeit within their means, on their title winning squad. The Reds have the strongest starting lineup in the world and the medals to prove it but they lack real strength in depth, however, they also lack the financial maneuverability to splash out on bench players. As we head into the window we can expect the club to be linked with a number of young talents, the Daily Mirror have linked Liverpool with Harvey Barnes – Kopites are somewhat divided on the links.
Fits FSG mould
Since taking over at Anfield FSG have implemented a strict recruitment policy which prioritises players whose market value is likely to increase during their time on Merseyside.
Liverpool targeting Harvey Barnes makes sense given that he is only 22-years-old and therefore likely to improve in ability as well as in value.
The youngster is also attractive to the club because he is English, meaning he would contribute to a home grown slot – a benefit which could become even more attractive depending on the fallout from Brexit.
An impressive season
Barnes has been given a more prominent role at Leicester this season with Brendan Rodgers starting the youngster 24 times in the Premier League.
The winger earned a 7.11 from WhoScored across his 24 starts. During the Foxes’ impressive campaign the 22-year-old scored six goals and provided eight assists.
Liverpool fans discuss Harvey Barnes
Liverpool fans are divided on the merits of signing Harvey Barnes. One Red pointed out that he could provide cover at left back given his versatility.
If the price is right could be a good buy, also cover at left back for robbo. He can play a number of positions under Klopp
— Elliott Simpson (@ellharvo) July 26, 2020
This Kopite suggested that the move could point towards a tactical shift towards a 4-2-3-1 with Mane and Barnes on the wings.
Barnes is an exciting link. Probably a sign that we’ll play 4-2-3-1 more often, with him and Mane wide plus 2 of Thiago/Hendo/Fab/Gini as the midfield pivot 👀
— Vin#19🏆 (@vagabondvinoth) July 26, 2020
Of course the youngster still has aspects of his game which need work.
Great player, needs to improve a little on his end prod but there’s no doubt he’s a talented lad.
— David Lambden (@Lamard1978) July 26, 2020
The 22-year-old could mimic Gini Wijnaldum and Andy Robbo, being transformed from an impressive player into a world class one at Anfield.
Hopefully he will be like Gini and Robbo where he makes good players in to superstars.
— Rog (@Rogred76) July 26, 2020
Although some aren’t so impressed with the reports given the money that would be involved.
Considering how much he’d cost, I can’t think of many players I want less than Harvey Barnes
— AH (@AHLFC19) July 26, 2020
But of course, in Jürgen we trust.
If the lord speaks .
It will have my blessing . pic.twitter.com/pkRwwTunc1
— doing⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ (@danthemanwh0can) July 26, 2020