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Richard Hughes can help Liverpool sign Lloyd Kelly for free

Liverpool will have to sign a new centre-back next summer irrespective of who becomes the next manager. 

Joel Matip, who unfortunately won’t be able to play this season again after an ACL injury, has a contract at Anfield until the end of the season. The Reds have no intention to offer him a new deal, which means the highly reliable defender will leave the club as a free agent.

Liverpool are preparing for next summer and they are putting structures in place. Some important appointments have been made already. Michael Edwards, the man who convinced Jurgen Klopp to sign Mohamed Salah, has returned to the club, but this time in a bigger capacity, in the role of CEO.

The Reds have also appointed Richard Hughes as their next sporting director earlier this week, who joins the club after leaving his post at Bournemouth. Fabrizio Romano has confirmed that Mark Burchill will join Liverpool in the coming days in the role of chief scout from Bournemouth.

The arrival of Hughes and possibly Burchill gives Liverpool the edge to sign AFC Bournemouth defender Lloyd Kelly in the summer transfer window, due to their strong connection with the Cherries.

According to a report from talkSPORT, Newcastle United are leading the race to sign the 25-year-old who will become a free agent at the end of the season. But the Reds probably have the best chance of snapping him up if they decide to move for him.

Les Bons Conceil Du Sports editor Seb Ecrivain Foot claimed in February that both Liverpool and Tottenham are in advanced talks to sign him.

The 25-year-old defender, who can play as a centre-back as well as a left-back, has struggled with injuries this season and has made only 14 appearances. Given the fact that he would be available on a free transfer, top clubs are expected to battle for his signature.

While it is clear that Liverpool will need to sign a new defender, any decision on signings is only possible when there’s a new manager in place. Nevertheless, with two former Bournemouth key figures now present at Liverpool, the task of luring Kelly to Anfield would become easier.

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