Liverpool added four new players during the busy off-season offseason. To be a part of Jurgen Klopp’s “Liverpool 2.0,” all four appeared ecstatic to be joining the Reds.
Also, Liverpool had shown interest in Chelsea’s Levi Colwill, a player they finally decided not to sign, as reporter Graeme Bailey exclusively revealed to Rousing The Kop.
According to Bailey, Levi Colwill was eager to depart as he was uncertain about his future. He was especially interested in Brighton and Liverpool as options. Bailey also notes that Klopp and the Reds are undoubtedly still interested in the 20-year-old, despite links to him emerging this week.
“I believe Liverpool is simply carrying out their investigation,” the writer writes. They do like him as one of the left-sided central defenders. Selling players who were developed in-house seems to be the obsession of the [Chelsea] hierarchy.
“From what we understand, Liverpool was posing the query, ‘We’d be interested if you want to sell a homegrown asset and you want it to be Levi Colwill.'” They are simply informing them that they would still be interested in working with Levi Colwill should they decide to break ways.
Colwill is eager to move to Liverpool.
Whether Colwill’s position has evolved in any way since the summer is yet to be seen. After establishing himself as a regular in the Chelsea lineup, supporters would have been willing to overlook this one.
Conversely, though, it now seems like a connection that will never go away.
Liverpool apparently had the impression that Colwill wanted to join them before the season started. The England international was reportedly eager to transfer and grew up as a fan of the team.
All the same, there was always a sense that the transfer was improbable. Bailey goes on to explain that if anything may discourage Liverpool, it would likely be the cost of obtaining Colwill from Chelsea.
The journalist clarifies, “I liked to call it Premier League tax. It’s not that they don’t want to sell. “Purchasing a player from within England is extremely expensive and in high demand. The Premier League tax is simply amazing, but I don’t think it’s rare because they won’t do business with one another—we’ve seen it, especially with Chelsea.
It most likely won’t happen right now for that reason, but we’ll have to wait and watch what Chelsea does in the summer. They’re a very challenging squad to read.
Colwill does not want to be a bench warmer if they sign [Goncalo] Inacio and [Ousmane] Diomande Chelsea. If the player pushes to go, Liverpool may be able to take advantage of the situation if he isn’t getting enough playing time.
You really never know what Chelsea has planned, as Bailey points out. Colwill is one of the world’s most highly regarded young centre backs, which is why Liverpool is so interested in him. However, it would be easy to envisage them trading him in for a few bright new additions.
Liverpool seems certain to be present if they do. Furthermore, Levi shouldn’t require much persuasion. Let’s see if anything comes of this in the end.