Liverpool reportedly want to sign Jamal Lewis from relegated Norwich City this summer. It’s a deal that would affect several Reds.
The BBC, among numerous other outlets, claim that Liverpool want Jamal Lewis. They’ll look to pay around £10m for the 22-year-old who has just gone down with Norwich.
The move would affect thee Liverpool players in particular. So let’s have a look at them.
We’ll start with the most obvious one. Robertson is Liverpool’s leading left-back and, arguably, the best in the world. He’s never truly had competition at Anfield, however, since he usurped Alberto Moreno back in 2017.
Lewis would represent competition, though. He’d be a Jurgen Klopp-signed player as well as someone with Premier League experience and room to improve.
It would be a test for Robertson, then. Will he falter under pressure? We doubt it – the hope is that he pushes on to become even better.
If Liverpool don’t sign Lewis, then Williams may have twice the workload next season. Predominantly a right-back, Klopp did use him on the left in a couple of sub appearances. More notable, however, is the game against Brighton.
Williams started as a left-back but struggled. Going forward he appeared fine, only to fail when it came to handling Tariq Lamptey on his flank. It was a performance that could benefit him long-term but it may have ended his hopes of covering both full-back slots.
Instead, we can expect Williams to simply cover Trent Alexander-Arnold. No easy task in its own right.
Some good and bad for Milner. On the one hand, he doesn’t have to play left-back anymore. With Lewis and Williams in the squad, Milner would be firmly down in fourth-choice for the role, allowing him to finally focus entirely on centre-midfield.
The flip-side is that we’ll see less of Milner next season. He will likely only play when there’s space in midfield and right now, he’s probably the sixth choice there. Seventh, depending on how highly you rate Curtis Jones.
So he will have limited gametime next season. But at 34 and playing for the champions, perhaps that’s to be expected.