Leicester forward Barnes 'emerges as summer target for Liverpool'

Leicester winger Harvey Barnes ’emerges as a shock summer transfer target for Liverpool’, with Jurgen Klopp impressed with the England U21 star’s ‘energy and forceful running’ during breakthrough season

  • Harvery Barnes has only become a first-team regular at Leicester this season 
  • The 22-year-old has scored seven goals and recorded nine assists for the Foxes 
  • But Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp wants him to add depth to his forward line
  • The Reds would have to pay a hefty fee to take Barnes away from the King Power 

Harvey Barnes has emerged as a shock transfer target for Premier League champions Liverpool, according to reports.

The Leicester forward has only become a first-team regular for the Foxes this season under Brendan Rodgers.

But The Mirror report that the 22-year-old is a target for Liverpool with Reds boss Jurgen Klopp said to be an admirer of his energy and running power. 

Leicester forward Harvey Barnes has emerged as a shock target for champions Liverpool

Reds boss Jurgen Klopp is a huge admirer of his energy, positive running and versatility

The England Under-21 international – who has scored seven goals and recorded nine assists from 41 games this season for Leicester – has previously spent time on loan at MK Dons, Barnsley and West Brom.

It was at the West Midlands club that Barnes made an impression and to such an extent that he was recalled by Leicester in the 2019 January transfer window.

Liverpool also find his versatility an attractive quality, with the forward able to play in a variety of positions up front.

Barnes has scored seven goals and recorded nine assists in his first full season for the Foxes

But the champions will reportedly find it it difficult to take the player away from the King Power Stadium despite Klopp’s desire to add an extra forward to his squad.

The Reds had previously targeted Wolves star Adama Traore, but the Molineux side are said to have rebuffed their approach.

That has led the Anfield club to turn their attention to Barnes, but Leicester are expected to demand a huge fee for a young player with excellent sell-on potential.

Liverpool turned to Barnes having seen an approach for Wolves star Adama Traore rebuffed

However, Klopp has already admitted the club won’t spend huge sums on bringing in players.

Not only could Barnes slot in among the front three in attack and help out in the midfield, but he could also help to fill the impending void that Adam Lallana will leave when his contract expires next week.

Leicester had been keen on taking Lallana with Brendan Rodgers hopeful of reuniting with the 32-year-old, but he is set to sign a three-year deal at Brighton.

Barnes could also help fill the impeding void to be left by Adam Lallana, who leaves next week

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