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Klopp wants to bring Leicester forward to Liverpool

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Leicester City winger Harvey Barnes has emerged as a “favourite” of Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp as he looks to boost his attacking options, according to reports.

The 23-year-old has been one of the best performers for the Foxes in recent seasons and was rewarded for his excellent form with a new contract in August.

He has made 12 appearances in all competitions so far this season and has contributed to four goals in total.

Barnes particularly caught the eye last term, before he suffered a long-term knee injury in February that ruled him out for the rest of 2020/21.

And the Leicester winger could be on his way to Anfield as Klopp has told the club’s hierarchy that the player is a “favourite” of his, claim Fichajes.

The Reds currently have forward options in Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino, Mohamed Salah and Diogo Jota.

The report adds that Klopp is interested in bringing a younger forward to the club. Liverpool have also been linked with Watford forward Ismaila Sarr in recent months.

As well as Barnes, Foxes midfielder Youri Tielemans is an apparent transfer target for the Merseyside club.

Voetbal 24 claimed last month that the Belgium midfielder is ‘ready to take a step up next summer’.

It is said that ‘all of Europe is after him’ but that the 24-year-old ‘is aiming for the absolute top clubs’ with Manchester United, Liverpool and Chelsea after him in England.

Atletico Madrid, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich are the clubs fancying a move from elsewhere in Europe and the report adds that he ‘will play’ for one of those six clubs next term.

When discussing Tielemans’ future, Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers insisted the club “will do everything” to keep the player.

“Naturally it’s one the club will do everything they possibly can in order to keep Youri,” Rodgers said.

“My focus is on making him the best player he can be. It’s between his representatives and the club and hopefully they will find a solution.

“He’s a wonderful guy to work with, and today’s (vs Brentford) was a sensational strike. He creates goals, he scores goals and he’s a real brain in our midfield.”

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