At last, Liverpool’s reported interest in Norwich City’s Jamal Lewis looks to be picking up speed following the latest report released by respected journalist Melissa Reddy of The Independent.
The report states that not only are Liverpool ‘interested’ by the prospect of signing Lewis from Daniel Farke’s team but that the Premier League champions are understood to be the club most advanced in negotiations at present.
Liverpool are interested in securing the Northern Ireland international for around £10 million which considering the player is just 22 and homegrown would represent excellent value for money.
Liverpool have the edge
Another definitive factor that could work in Liverpool’s favour is that Lewis is represented by PLG, who also manage Andy Robertson and fellow Anfield fullback Trent Alexander-Arnold, which could hand Liverpool precedence in negotiations.
Additional reports from The Mirror have also claimed that Liverpool could sweeten the deal by solving two problems at once.
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Yasser Larouci was originally seen as the natural replacement for Robertson if ever the Scotsman were unavailable yet the 19-year-old appears set to leave Anfield this summer.
He has snubbed a new Liverpool deal and has just one year remaining on his contract.
Larouci’s determination to seek out first-team football has seen Liverpool reportedly look to offer the full-back to Norwich in a potential swap deal for Lewis who appears keen to compete with Robertson for a place in Jurgen Klopp’s Premier League-winning XI next season.
If Liverpool were to offload Larouci to Norwich it could prove definitive in the Reds in swaying negotiations to land Lewis at Anfield.
Lewis is a year younger that Robertson was when the Scotland captain joined Liverpool back in 2017 which would showcase that time would be on the player’s side in terms of his long-term development.
It would take off the pressure for Robertson in terms of his durability next season. Of Liverpool’s previous 76 PL matches, Robertson has missed just four.
Even more remarkable is the number of appearances the Scotsman has clocked up in just two years. He has managed to remain fit and feature for the Reds 97 times since the beginning of the 2018/19 season.
These numbers are nothing shy of ridiculous and could even be argued as unsustainable. It is a testament to the work both Robertson and the club’s physio and medical staff put in on a daily basis to ensure the player is primed to remain at the peak of physical conditioning.
However, if Liverpool are to go again next season they need to prepared for the worst and if injury were to strike then the Reds will hope that Lewis’ signature will see them adequately stocked up in the left-back department once their title defence begins in September.
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