Report: Liverpool eye Leicester City’s ‘significant talent’ with 23 goals and 17 assists

Jurgen Klopp is more than content with his attacking trio of Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino, but Fichajes says Liverpool’s sporting director Michael Edwards wants a ‘significant talent’ in the first-team as a long-term replacement.

Leicester City wide-man Harvey Barnes is on the Reds’ shortlist, but it remains to be seen if he’d be granted a departure. The 23-year-old signed a new four-year deal at the King Power Stadium in August, so it’s clear the Foxes see a future with a him.

Barnes rose through the youth ranks to Leicester’s first-team in 2016/17 after scoring 10 goals with six assists in 32 games for the U23s. He’s gone on to make 111 appearances in all competitions at senior level, scoring 23 goals with 17 assists, so he’d be an excellent option for Liverpool.

The Reds have Diogo Jota, Takumi Minamino and Harvey Elliot for backup, but Minamino has been on the periphery this season while Elliot is sidelined with a long-term injury, so Klopp may benefit from another option.

Barnes hasn’t been at his best this season with only one assist in eight Premier League games, but he had a hand in 14 league goals in 2019/20 and 13 league goals in 2020/21, so it’s clear there’s more to come.

How much would Barnes likely cost?

The England international has a market value of £31.5m, but he’s worth a lot more to Leicester. The homegrown talent has been a regular under Brendan Rodgers this season and has been tipped to be an England regular in the future, so there’s no chance he’d be sold for his market value.

Barnes is believed to take home £60k-per-week/£3.1m-a-year in wages so he’s among the highest earners at Leicester, reflecting his status as a key player. Liverpool are ambitious, but this might be biting off more than they can chew.

Summary

Barnes is an excellent player who would improve Liverpool’s attack, but Leicester tying him down to a long-term deal just months ago proves they’re not letting him go. Edwards might have to turn his attentions elsewhere.