Liverpool hope to repeat their own transfer magic with a reported offer for Jamal Lewis. There are several echoes with Andy Robertson’s transfer.
The BBC reports that Liverpool want to bring in Jamal Lewis from Norwich City this summer. They’ll hope to pay around £10m for the left-back and that he’ll be firm competition for Andy Robertson.
That’s not the only reason the proposed deal brings up Robertson, however. There are several similarities with the transfer that saw the Scot trade Hull City for Anfield.
There’s the obvious one, of course – they’re both young left-backs. Lewis is 22, just a year younger than Roberton was when he made the move. Robertson was slightly more experienced in the Premier League, though, having had two seasons there.
And much like Lewis, Robertson had just gone down when Liverpool made their move. The hope, then, would be a reduced transfer fee – but it’s not the only factor in that.
Liverpool reportedly hope to lower the fee by including Yasser Larouci in a deal. Norwich like him, says the BBC, and the player wants to leave for first-team football.
Larouci has played left-back on occasion for Liverpool and thus seems like a perfect swap. Whether that would lower the £10m or simply get Lewis’s fee down to £10m we don’t know. Either way, Larouci can help get Liverpool a bargain.
And that brings about a real echo with Roberston’s move.
Repeating the magic
Liverpool paid £10m for Robertson in 2017 but offset that fee by sending Kevin Stewart to Hull. Sky Sports said at the time that Stewart moved in a separate deal worth up to £7.5m – potentially taking a huge chunk out of the Robertson fee.
So three years later, Liverpool hope to repeat that magic. Robertson ended up being a wonderfully successful signing and the club’s best left-back in decades.
The hope, then, is that Liverpool can make something remarkably similar happen with Lewis. He already has so many similarities with Robertson – we just have to hope that talent is one of them.