English Premiership

Liverpool show interest in Bournemouth defender Lloyd Kelly

Lloyd Kelly (Getty Images)
Lloyd Kelly (Getty Images)

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp is reportedly considering a move for Bournemouth defender Lloyd Kelly.

The Reds were keen on Kelly last summer but missed out to the Cherries who sealed a £13 million deal.

Now the former Bristol City man could be on the move again following Bournemouth's relegation.

The Daily Express reckons Liverpool have already made an approach for the England Under-21 star.

Kelly, rated in the £20 million bracket, usually plays at centre-half but also comfortable covering at left-back. These are the two positions Klopp wants to cover as top priorities this summer.

Dejan Lovren left the club this week to join Zenit St Petersburg in a £10.9 million deal. That's left Klopp with just three central defenders, meaning a fourth is needed.

In addition, Klopp needs more cover for Andy Robertson at left-back. The Reds do have Yasser Larouci coming through, but he is tipped to leave this summer with a move to Leeds suggested.

Kelly, however, has struggled with fitness issues this season and didn't make his league debut for Bournemouth until June.

When asked which was Kelly's best position, Eddie Howe said: "I think both positions for us at the moment. I wouldn't say one or the other - he can play both very well.

"We have seen that, albeit in his very short time with us, when he's trained.

"From full-back he's really good athletically, he uses the ball well and is strong and good in the air - has lots of good qualities.

"At centre-back the same qualities show and his use of the ball is very good."

- TEAMtalk media

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