Jurgen Klopp is apparently set to move back in for previous priority target Ben Chilwell in the summer as a replacement for Alberto Moreno, according to a report from The Mirror earlier today.
Klopp chased the 21-year-old left-back for almost the entirety of his first summer transfer window, viewing him as the perfect long-term option, and had a £7m bid rejected from Leicester.
The club eventually moved on from Chilwell, with James Pearce citing at the time that Klopp “doubted Chilwell’s desire to complete a move to Anfield”, instead deciding to convert midfielder James Milner to play in the position for the season.
However, Klopp is now ready to return for the player he has admired for a long time, who has also progressed enormously in the past two years. Having made his England debut last month and Leicester’s undisputed first choice, it may be even harder to prise Chilwell away this time round, with the Foxes likely to demand a huge fee for the youngster.
With Andrew Robertson now Liverpool’s first-choice, it would be difficult to see Chilwell displacing him and you have to wonder if he would be willing to come to Anfield to merely be a back-up option.
If Chilwell is once again unattainable, 18-year-old Adam Lewis is set to be given the opportunity to play back-up to Robertson. Lewis has recently started training with the first-team at Melwood and staff are said to have been highly impressed with his professionalism and ability.
However, Moreno is one man who definitely won’t be an option at left-back for the club next season. With his contract expiring in the summer, the 26-year-old has failed to agree terms with Liverpool and is interested in a new challenge.
One club that he has attracted attention from is surprisingly Arsenal, with new boss Unai Emery a big fan of his former player and sees him as the ideal replacement for the ageing Nacho Monreal.
With a move for Chilwell seemingly unlikely and Moreno bound to depart, look for Adam Lewis to stake his claim as a part of Liverpool’s squad next season and potentially be another future star to progress from the academy.