Leicester City forward Harvey Barnes is a shock summer transfer target for champions Liverpool.
The 22-year-old, who has only become a first-team regular this season in Brendan Rodgers’ side, has impressed Jurgen Klopp with his energy and forceful running.
Kop boss Klopp also believes there is plenty to come from the England Under-21 international, who previously spent time on loan at MK Dons, Barnsley and West Brom.
It was at The Hawthorns last season that Barnes made a big impression – so much so that he was recalled by Leicester during the January transfer window.
Since then his selfless play has become an important foil in Foxes striker Jamie Vardy leading the race for the Premier League’s Golden Boot, with 23 goals.
Liverpool know Barnes can play in various positions, but they will find it hard to prise him from the King Power Stadium.
Despite winning the title, Klopp wants to add a forward to his squad and had targeted Wolves ’ Adama Traore, but so far his interest has been rebuffed.
That led to interest in Barnes – but Leicester won’t let him go cheaply.
Klopp is looking for more strength in depth for his squad this summer but has already admitted the club won’t spend mega money on bringing in players.
Barnes would fit the club’s model of buying young players they can develop with good sell-on potential.
Moreover he would help boost the club’s options further up the field as he could slot in on the left side of the Reds’ three-man attack, as well as across the midfield.
Liverpool have already lost Adam Lallana who leaves the club on a free transfer next week, and is set to sign a three-year deal with Brighton.
Leicester had been keen on taking Lallana to the King Power with Brendan Rodgers hopeful of reuniting with the 32-year-old, but he prefers to return to the south coast to be closer to his family.