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.
“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.