Liverpool handed massive blow in their pursuit of 23-year-old English winger

By | March 2, 2021

Leicester City are in advanced negotiations with Harvey Barnes over a fresh deal, acting as a potential blow for Liverpool.

The Mirror report that the 23-year-old star could extend his stay at the King Power Stadium outfit, having impressed for the club this season.

Barnes has netted nine goals and registered four assists in the English top-flight in 2020/21, putting him in contention to make his country’s Euro 2020 squad this summer.

Liverpool and Manchester United are both stated to have monitored the player’s situation, with his current contract expiring in the summer of 2024.

Barnes is a brilliant player who could be a superb acquisition for the Reds, so news of the player likely staying put acts as a blow.

The Englishman would suit the Anfield side’s style of play, providing work-rate, end product and pace from out wide, as well as long-term potential.

Both Diogo Jota and Sadio Mane already magnificent left-sided options, meaning manager Jurgen Klopp could do with looking at a right-sided addition instead, such as Liverpool-linked Leeds United winger Raphinha.

Meantime, Fabinho and Alisson are both expected to be available for the club’s crucial PL clash with Thomas Tuchel’s Chelsea, according to Jurgen Klopp.

They host the wets Londoners at Anfield on Thursday, in what could be a key match in the top four battle, with one point separating the two sides.

Both players missed Sunday’s 2-0 win away to Sheffield United, with the goalkeeper mourning the loss of his father and the midfielder still injured.

Speaking to reporters after the game, however, Klopp said he is “pretty sure” the Brazilian duo will be in contention to start versus Chelsea.