Liverpool eyeing defensive reinforcements
Monday saw Russian outfit Zenit confirm the signing of Dejan Lovren from Liverpool.
The Croatian hadn’t exactly been a key man in Liverpool’s title-winning season, but he had still proven a useful back-up.
Dejan Lovren is a Zenit player!
— FC Zenit in English (@fczenit_en) July 27, 2020
So with Lovren having departed, Liverpool fans may have been wondering if their side will sign some form of replacement.
And if recent comments from Duncan Castles on the Transfer Window Podcast are to be believed, then those in a position of power at Anfield are certainly looking.
One option Liverpool are said to be exploring is signing a left-footed central defender who can also play at left-back to provide cover for Andy Robertson, a role largely taken up by James Milner throughout 2019/20:
We reported a few weeks ago in the podcast that Liverpool were in the market for a centre-back… a couple of strategic options, one is to sign a left-footed centre-back who can also play at left-back and provide cover for Andy Robertson because they’re not convinced that they have a young player coming through the ranks who can provide proper cover should Robertson get injured or need rest and in the coming season or not.
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— The Transfer Window Podcast (@TransferPodcast) July 28, 2020
Kelly to Liverpool
One player who certainly fits that bill and is now being linked with Liverpool is Lloyd Kelly.
Kelly joined Bournemouth last summer from Bristol City for a fee of around £13m.
Some horrible injury luck would see the defender miss much of the campaign, but in recent weeks, Kelly had become a regular in the Cherries’ backline.
The 21-year-old, who is indeed left-footed, is actually a left-back by trade but he is more than capable of playing at centre-half, seemingly making him a solid option for Liverpool.
And according to the Mirror, citing The Express, Kelly is one of the options Liverpool are considering as a replacement for Lovren.
No potential fee for Kelly, who is tied down at the Vitality until 2024, is mentioned.
But given Bournemouth originally only paid around £13m and have since been relegated, meaning their income is set to drop by around half, you would imagine he wouldn’t command much more of a fee than what he was originally signed for by Bournemouth.
Liverpool eyeing defensive reinforcements Monday saw Russian outfit Zenit confirm the signing of Dejan Lovren from Liverpool. The Croatian hadn’t exactly been a key man in Liverpool’s title-winning season, but he had still proven a useful back-up. Dejan Lovren is a Zenit player! More https://t.co/bf7ILb2BOG pic.twitter.com/MnFZF5pXJZ — FC Zenit in English (@fczenit_en) July 27, 2020Football (soccer) greatest goals and highlights | 101 Great Goals – Feed