Liverpool have identified Jamal Lewis as a potential back-up for Andy Robertson according to a wide range of sources.
The 22-year-old Norwich City fullback has impressed in his debut Premier League season and has attracted interest from a number of clubs including the reigning champions.
It is believed Liverpool would be willing to spend up to £10 million on the Northern Ireland international. A fee that may seem low for one of the Canaries’ prized assets.
However, it is being reported that Liverpool may consider a player plus cash deal with Norwich having previously shown an interest in Reds’ defender Yasser Larouci.
The Algerian made two FA Cup appearances for Liverpool this season and Norwich are among a cluster of clubs who are keen on the 19-year-old.
Another element of the deal that could help it over the line is the fact that Larouci qualifies as a homegrown player. Despite being Algerian he has been on Liverpool’s youth books for more than three years meaning clubs can count him in their homegrown quota.
This could make the deal more attractive for the Norfolk based club if they become resigned to losing Lewis.
Lewis is also represented by PLG, the same agency as Andy Robertson and Trent Alexander-Arnold.
The biggest stumbling block in the deal may be the fact that Lewis is unlikely to get a great deal of first-team football unless Robertson suffers an injury or huge lack of form.
Liverpool will first and foremost be bringing him in as a back-up for the Scotsman and he will spend most of his time, to start with at least, on the bench.
Either way, it’s clear that Liverpool need to sign another left-back.
While Neco Williams has proven himself to be a more than capable understudy for Alexander-Arnold at right-back, finding a deputy for Robertson has proven less simple with veteran James Milner often the go-to man for the position.
But in Jamal Lewis, there is a player who might just be perfect for the role.
Similar to Liverpool, Norwich’s fullbacks play a key role in their attacking play with Lewis on the left and Max Aarons on the right.
His crossing may need some work but in terms of passing and dribbling, he’s not far off the finished article which is why he’s caught the attention of Liverpool in the first place.
You just need to take a look at his solitary Premier League goal this season (a thumping drive in a 1-0 win over Leicester) to see the technical ability he possesses.
If Liverpool were to get the deal over the line then you’d be hard-pressed to find many back-up fullbacks who have as much quality as Lewis in the entire league.
As aforementioned game time may be an issue but if he is patient opportunities will come. And you have to consider the Klopp factor. The chance to work with one of the most talented managers in the world may be too good an opportunity to turn down.