Liverpool’s reported interest in Norwich City left-back 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.
Lewis, 22, has been identified as the ideal candidate to be utilised as Andy Robertson’s understudy next season.
Having made more than 100 first-team appearances over the past three seasons, Lewis represents the perfect blend of youth and experience required to cover in a position that desperately needs cover.
Lewis, who is represented by the same agency, PLG, as Robertson and fellow full-back Trent Alexander-Arnold, according to The Telegraph could cost in the region of £20 million with Norwich reportedly under no pressure to sell one of their star assets.
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The report also states that a deal could be sweetened by the prospect of Liverpool’s Yasser Larouci going the other way after the 19-year-old recently turned down a new contract with the Premier League champions.
Lewis reported interest has shadows of Robertson’s arrival at Anfield back in 2017 with the Scotland captain also joining Liverpool off the back of a Premier League relegation with Hull City.
Robertson was a year older than Lewis when he signed for Liverpool which would suggest that the Reds have identified Lewis as a potential successor to arguably Europe’s finest left-back.
Great news for Milner
If Liverpool were to secure Lewis from Norwich it would certainly bode well for vice-captain James Milner who has to selflessly had to cover at left-back in the absence of Robertson over the years.
Of Milner’s 37 appearances this season, the 61-time England international has had to feature in an unpreferred left-back role on seven occasions.
While Milner indeed is an able and experienced option in that position it doesn’t make sense when considering Liverpool’s long-term aspirations to persistently utilise Milner in a position he isn’t strongest in.
This will be particularly beneficial in the domestic cup competitions where Liverpool can deploy Lewis at left-back and use Milner in his preferred central midfield role.
During the cup competitions, Milner started this season, the vice skipper was made to start at left-back in 75 per cent of those fixtures.
The reality is that although Milner selflessly sacrifices his own game for the benefit of the team freeing up one of Liverpool’s most experienced central midfield options in the squad to play in his strongest position can only benefit the English champions going forward next season.