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.
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.
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.
Understand Jamal Lewis desperate to move to #LFC and happy to accept that he will be back-up initially. Remains to be seen whether a compromise can be reached between the clubs in terms of a fee. https://t.co/027B2Vc2A7
— James Pearce (@JamesPearceLFC) August 5, 2020
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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