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Jamal Lewis pursuit suggests Liverpool may have to play the waiting game

Liverpool’s reported pursuit of Norwich City left-back Jamal Lewis doesn’t appear to be plain sailing as first thought following updated developments in the transfer saga.

According to respected journalist Matt Law of The Telegraph, Liverpool will have to pay at least double the £10 million that was previously mooted to land the Northern Ireland international to Anfield.

Norwich have proven a tough negotiator in the past, after they sold James Maddison to Leicester City for £24m [BBC] two years ago, which is vindication that the Canaries will not role over.

Lewis, 22, is currently contracted at Carrow Road until 2023 after he signed a long-term contract in 2018, making the youngster a client with PLG – the same organisation that represents Liverpool’s full-back duo Trent Alexander-Arnold and Andy Robertson.

NORWICH, ENGLAND – FEBRUARY 28: Jamal Lewis of Norwich City celebrates victory during the Premier League match between Norwich City and Leicester City at Carrow Road on February 28, 2020 in Norwich, United Kingdom. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

Waiting game

According to The Independent, interest is concrete yet contrasting reports from The Athletic indicate that sporting director Michael Edwards is still yet to pick up the phone to begin negotiations.

Liverpool and Edwards currently value Lewis at around £10 million which would likely have been rejected by Norwich had the Premier League champions submitted a bid.

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This shouldn’t be too surprising for supporters as Liverpool have become masters of the dark arts when it comes to haggling players for cut-price deals.

Over two years ago in 2018, Liverpool were quoted £90 million by Roma regarding the potential sale of goalkeeper Alisson Becker.

Edwards valued the Brazilian at significantly less and stuck to his evaluation with the sporting director even prepared to walk away from a deal if the Serie A outfit refused to budge on their price-tag.

LEIPZIG, GERMANY – MARCH 10: Timo Werner of Leipzig looks on during the UEFA Champions League round of 16 second leg match between RB Leipzig and Tottenham Hotspur at Red Bull Arena on March 10, 2020 in Leipzig, Germany. (Photo by Martin Rose/Bongarts/Getty Images)

Reds have walked away previously

In that situation, Liverpool indeed got their man yet the Reds have walked away from deals entirely in the past.

Timo Werner was persistently linked with a move to Merseyside yet Liverpool couldn’t justify paying in the region of £53 million when considering the current economic crisis and uncertainty that surrounds the ongoing global pandemic.

Jurgen Klopp himself has remained firm regarding signing this summer. It is no surprise that the German manager, of course, wants to bolster his options in the market but that he also respects this might not be possible due to limited funds.

What could still change the dynamic regarding signings could be Liverpool outgoings. Dejan Lovren and Adam Lallana have both been moved on while Xherdan Shaqiri, Harry Wilson and Marko Grujic have also been tipped for departures.

If Liverpool are to receive significant figures for the sales of the aforementioned trio then the dynamic could change entirely.

There will be no significant alteration to the methodology that has restored the club as a domestic and continental powerhouse.

If there is anything to learn from recent reports it’s that the waiting game is the best method when judging a potential Liverpool transfer.


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