Liverpool completed a hugely successful transfer three years ago when they signed Andy Robertson. It may hamper their Jamal Lewis pursuit, however.
Liverpool paid a reported £10m fee for Robertson back in 2017. The Scot had just gone down with Hull City and the Reds pounced, bringing him in for a small fee.
More than that, they sent Kevin Stewart the other way to offset it even further.
Now, Robertson wasn’t a sure-fire transfer success. He was a relegated player who had mainly played in Scotland, after all, and not an elite defender. Fast forward to now, however, and Robertson is arguably the best left-back in the world.
He’s an English, European and World champion, while also finding a place in UEFA’s Team of the Year for 2019. Liverpool wouldn’t swap him for anyone – and nor should they.
Liverpool reportedly tried to repeat the trick this summer. They want Lewis from Norwich City, according to reports, and it’s a remarkably similar transfer.
Much like Robertson was, Lewis is a young, British full-back who has just gone down and the Reds hoped to get him for £10m. The problem, then, is that Norwich rejected that offer.
Victim of success
You can’t help but wonder if lightning simply won’t strike twice here because Norwich won’t allow it. They will have seen Robertson’s rapid growth from a £10m relegated full-back into an invaluable asset for the champions.
That will, naturally, make them second-guess selling Lewis for a small amount. There’s a very good chance Liverpool turn him into a player worth twice that in just a year, in all honesty.
And if Liverpool see him as that kind of player, then they’ll probably pay more than £10m for him. Just how much more remains to be seen – and in crunch economic times, it may not be much more at all.
Norwich, though, will see Liverpool knocking on the door as a sign they’ve got a very valuable asset.