Liverpool are reportedly eyeing Harvey Barnes and Spanish news outlet Fichajes.net claims that the Englishman is “a special one” for Jurgen Klopp.
The Leicester City star suffered a knee injury last season which kept him out of action for 122 days, causing him to miss a total of 16 games for the Foxes and a potential move to Anfield.
A report from the Mirror back in late February claimed that Leicester City were trying to fend Liverpool off and were hoping to retain the services of their rapid winger.
The Athletic then reported in August that Jurgen Klopp had “concrete interest” in Barnes, but that a formal offer had not been made yet and the summer transfer window ended without one arriving from the Reds.
Harvey Barnes could yet earn a move to Anfield
While a serious knee injury prevented him from being the subject of an approach by Liverpool, he could yet earn a move to Anfield if he can reach the same heights this season.
Before he got injured, Barnes scored 13 goals and assisted four for Leicester and he became a player that Brendan Rodgers turned to for inspiration if Jamie Vardy was struggling to make a breakthrough.
Blessed with unbelievable pace and the ability to glide past defenders with his deft close control, it is clear to see why he might be a player that is on the radar of a club like Liverpool.
Fichajes claims that, while Jeremy Doku and Pedro Neto have also been on the lips of the Reds’ scouts, Barnes is Michael Edwards’ “favourite and [he] has already made it known.”
Klopp and his sporting director will have been in close contact over signing Barnes. The Spanish outlet describes the winger as “a special one for the German”.
What must Barnes do to get his move to Merseyside?
While it may seem as though Barnes’ chance to join Liverpool has passed, there is still the potential for him to impress club scouts again as the season progresses.
So far this season, Barnes has scored just twice while also grabbing two assists in 12 games.
While it is understandable that his output would temporarily decrease following a serious knee injury, Liverpool will need to see a marked increase in his ability to score and create to consider making a move.
Leicester would likely be willing to negotiate a deal to send their 23-year-old forward off to Anfield but the Foxes notoriously drive a hard bargain, as Manchester United will testify after they were made to pay £80m for Harry Maguire.