Revealed: Liverpool scouts blown away by English 20-yr-old who's an 'Absolute beast'
Liverpool’s scouts have been blown away by Bristol City defender Lloyd Kelly after watching him closely this season, Football Insider understands.
The Merseyside giants are keeping close tabs on the 20-year-old, who has been capped by England at Under-21 level and has been a mainstay of the Championship side’s starting XI this season.
A club source has told Football Insider that Liverpool are looking at Kelly ahead of a possible summer swoop and have been very impressed by hs performances at left-back for City.
Kelly has made 25 league starts among 32 appearances this season and been a key member of the team for the Championship’s fifth-placed side.
He has played left-back for most of the time, but has switched across to centre-back on a few occasions and manager Lee Johnson is convinced he will eventually develop into a top quality central defender.
“Physically in the Championship, Lloydy is 6ft 3in, but he looks a bit slight,” Johnson told the Bristol Post. “But if you see him at his own level he looks an absolute beast.
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“That athleticism, his height, and even his chest now – we have spent a lot of money making sure he gets the right nutrition and the right supplements and you can really see that coming to fruition now.
“He was a couple of years ago a real beanpole but had that raw potential to be a top athlete. Now he is proving that.”
Liverpool are likely to be in the market for a new defender this summer as they prepare to offload senior full-back pair Alberto Moreno and Nathaniel Clyne.
Moreno is out of contract in June, while Clyne, who is on loan at Bournemouth, has a deal that expires in June of next year.
In other Liverpool transfer news, the club are set to sell Klopp’s first signing for a £20million-plus fee after his quit plan is revealed.