Leicester City winger Harvey Barnes has emerged as a transfer target for Liverpool as they look to build an attacking unit for the future.
According to Fichajes, Liverpool are planning ahead for the future with Jurgen Klopp aware of the ageing nature of his team. Especially in the offensive unit, the club have appeared a bit too overreliant on their current stars, and as a result, they are now looking for additional reinforcements in the market.
Liverpool’s sporting director Michael Edwards has already identified multiple targets for Klopp to assess. But one that stands out is Harvey Barnes. The Leicester City winger is greatly favoured by Klopp due to his explosive style of play and ability to press high up the park with full intensity.
It goes hand in hand with the German’s tactical philosophy, making Barnes a potential top target for Liverpool next season. The winger had been linked with a move to Anfield in the past as well, and it is apparent that the club considers him as an ideal long-term replacement for someone like Sadio Mane or Mohamed Salah.
Barnes was notably involved in Leicester’s most recent game against Arsenal on Saturday afternoon, emerging as the standout performer for the Foxes after coming on as a second-half substitute for Kelechi Iheanacho.
A left-winger by trade, Barnes doesn’t offer too much versatility going forward and typically favours the left flank. However, he is an extremely pacy individual blessed with quick feet. It often becomes very useful when operating in tight spaces, while the LCFC starlet can be lethal on the counter as well.
During his time at Leicester City, Barnes has made over 100 competitive appearances, scoring 23 goals and supplying 17 assists. His numbers are quite good for a Premier League winger, especially for a team that lacks the offensive firepower of other top dogs of English football. Not to mention, the 23-year-old does bring a considerable amount of experience to the table.
However, with Leicester City being a direct rival of Liverpool, Harvey Barnes could prove to be a very expensive buy for the Reds. The winger has a contract with the Foxes until 2025, giving them the leverage to hold out for a hefty compensation for his services.
Fortunately for Liverpool, they have no shortage of alternatives in the market. The report itself mentions Pedro Neto and Jeremy Doku as the two other desired options while the club have recently initiated talks over the potential transfer of Ousmane Dembele next summer.
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