Liverpool’s move to sign Diogo Jota came out of the blue somewhat and they could repeat that trick by signing Harvey Barnes from Leicester.
When the Portugal international joined Liverpool for £45million, it took a number of fans aback and his form was so poor at the end of the preceding season that Wolves fans were delighted to see the back of him.
Fast forward to November 2021 and Jota has just danced past Ben White before leaving Aaron Ramsdale to walk the ball into the back of the net in Liverpool’s 4-0 win over Arsenal.
He’s taken his season tally to six goals and two assists and already has a spot in Liverpool fans’ hearts.
Meanwhile, Harvey Barnes, who is struggling for goals post-injury, is still in good form and a constant menace for Leicester and there is promise for him to follow in Jota’s footsteps to seal a move to Anfield.
In the summer, The Athletic reported that the Reds had ‘concrete interest’ but a bid never arrived. However, that didn’t come as a surprise after a serious knee injury sidelined him for 122 days, forcing him to miss 16 games.
Barnes has everything that Klopp wants from his wide attackers. He has the pace and trickery needed to beat full-backs on the sideline, an eye for goal and great finishing, and is fantastic when pressing from the front.
He turns 24 in December, so he is the perfect age to arrive at Liverpool and develop under Klopp’s close watch while Sadio Mane enters the final few years of his prime.
Mane is still the best left-winger in the Premier League, so Barnes would need to score and assist more to dethrone him at Anfield. But he is certainly capable of moving to Liverpool at the end of the season or in 18 months.
His contract only expires in 2025, so Liverpool have time to scout him and track his progress before making their move.