It’s clear that Liverpool want Jamal Lewis. That much we do know.
They see him as the ideal cover for Andy Robertson – the Scot they signed from Hull in July 2017 but for whom they still have no natural replacement should he get injured.
James Milner does a good job there, but he’s… James Milner.
If I were Jurgen Klopp, I’d probably be having a look at Jamal too. Ticks the homegrown box, modest outlay (more on that later), and young enough to be moulded into the ‘heavy metal football’ the German demands.
It’s also one hell of a move for Lewis, who I suspect would barely believe his luck, even if he went on the premise of being an understudy rather than a starter.
Few go to a club of that stature and walk straight into the team. Jamal knows that. So do his agents, and they don’t care one iota. Incidentally, the same agents who represent Roberston and Trent Alexander-Arnold.
So, even if the agents hadn’t blabbed – in a not-very-subtle attempt to put the squeeze on City – it wouldn’t have taken long for the link to be made.
But there’s a problem. When isn’t there.
We’re told Liverpool value the player at £10million and City value him at £20million. The usual.
Liverpool fans – who’ve suddenly become experts on the qualities and deficiencies of Norwich City players – tell us we’re “having a laugh” if we think they’re going to pay £20million.
How dare we.
We should feel privileged they deem one of our players good enough to even be on their radar, let alone be in receipt of some of Fenway Sports Group hard-earned cash.
As our Ed Couzens-Lake put it…”We’re expected to roll over and have our tummy tickled if Liverpool come calling”.
Hell, let’s go full red carpet and guard of honour. That’s the norm for the darlings of English football, right?
Maybe we should go the full 180 and offer them Jamal plus a few quid for the honour of doing business with them.
And then there are, of course, the hacks from the nationals whose hackles are up because we’re ‘standing in the player’s way’ and denying him his dream move.
It’s obviously okay for the big six and the other European giants to flex their muscles and play hardball when it comes to outgoing transfers, but heaven forbid little old Norwich doing the same.
Cheeky little b@stards.
But, back in the real world, if they think Stuart Webber has gone soft despite, like the rest of us, having been bruised and battered over the last year, they should think again.
If Liverpool are serious about signing Jamal they can make us a serious offer and then we may just start talking.
We may have spent the last 12 months being bullied on the pitch – and that was our own fault – but if Liverpool, or any other Premier League club, think they can do the same off the pitch… think again, lads.
And if Leeds think they can have Emi on the cheap…