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    Wednesday, 18 August 2021

    Liverpool transfer abandoned by 'angry' Michael Edwards on check

    Liverpool sporting director Michael Edwards' decision to abandon a transfer last year is being put to the test

    The Reds were eyeing Bournemouth left-back Lloyd Kelly in 2020 after the Cherries suffered relegation.

    Edwards was reported to have targeted the 22-year-old before he left Bristol City in the summer prior but was put off by the way Kelly's representatives treated a potential deal .

    Now, following pre-season injury to Andy Robertson, his decision to instead sign Greek left-back Kostas Tsimikas is being put to the test, having played just seven minutes of Premier League football in 20-21.

    However, Tsimikas was handed his first start in Liverpool's opening game of the season as they claimed a 3-0 win at Norwich.

    Alternative Kelly had a injury-hit first campaign at Bournemouth but has proven himself as one of the Championship's best defenders and stands at an impressive 6ft 3in.

    Although the Reds' curtain-raiser was still a pressure moment for Tsimikas, the real test will come in the proceeding weeks as Robertson recovers from an ankle injury.

    The Scot is expected to be back fit in September, potentially before the international break.
    That means manager Jurgen Klopp will have to keep faith in the former Olympiacos man for the time being.

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