According to reports from James Pearce of The Athletic, Liverpool have effectively ruled out the possibility of the club moving in for AFC Bournemouth defender Lloyd Kelly.

Liverpool could bag previous target Lloyd Kelly for a bargain if Bournemouth go down.

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND – JULY 15: Lloyd Kelly of Bournemouth during the Premier League match between Manchester City and AFC Bournemouth at Etihad Stadium on July 15, 2020 in Manchester, England. Football Stadiums around Europe remain empty due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in all fixtures being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Robin Jones – AFC Bournemouth/AFC Bournemouth via Getty Images)

Jurgen Klopp wanted to land the defender last summer and Liverpool were involved in talks to sign Kelly a year ago, but he ultimately went from Bristol City to Bournemouth in a £13 million deal [BBC].

Because of this, there is practically zero chance of the club reviving their interest in Kelly despite Bournemouth’s confirmation to the Championship as Edwards was angered by how the player’s agency conducted itself last summer.

Kelly’s chances of linking up with the English, European and world champions also weren’t aided by the ongoing reports that Liverpool are looking to sign Norwich City left-back Jamal Lewis.

Tottenham Hotspur v Norwich City - FA Cup Fifth Round

LONDON, ENGLAND – MARCH 04: Jamal Lewis of Norwich City reacts during the FA Cup Fifth Round match between Tottenham Hotspur and Norwich City at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on March 4, 2020 in London, England. (Photo by Sebastian Frej/MB Media/Getty Images)

Lewis the priority

A £10 million fee for the Northern Ireland full-back Lewis has been mooted despite other reports claiming Norwich are holding out for at least £20 million [Telegraph], but England U21 international Kelly could cost more, a possible reason why interest in Lewis has accelerated.

Cover at left-back for the irreplaceable Andy Robertson has been deemed a priority this summer window. The 26-year-old has missed just four league games over the past two seasons meaning a replacement could ease the burden for Robertson next season.

 

Pearce recently reported that if Lewis were to seal the move to Liverpool he is ‘desperate’ to get over the line, Norwich would have to reduce their demands dramatically.

Lewis has already accepted that game time will be limited for Klopp’s record-breakers but is still determined to work under the FIFA Coach of the Year and also learn from arguably the world’s finest left-back.

Liverpool had hoped of sweetening the deal with Yasser Larouci heading the other way in a player-plus-cash arrangement following the youngster’s decision to reject a new Anfield deal.

Lewis fits the profile Liverpool are looking for in that department, the club do have other options and are not intent in rushing into negotiations. Edwards and co. will likely do what they have done in the past and will bide their time.

 

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