Bristol City defender Lloyd Kelly has been attracting Premier League interest, with Merseyside giants Liverpool thought to be coveting the youngster’s signature, according to Club Call.
The 20-year-old has been capped at Under 21 level by England and has emerged as a possible star of the future at Ashton Gate. He played 14 times last season, but this campaign he has cemented a place in the starting line up, attracting scouts and praise from many different quarters.
He’s appeared a further 18 times this season and that has brought Premier League giants Liverpool to watch him, with Jurgen Klopp’s side the first confirmed club interested in the 5ft 10in full back.
Operating on the left side of defence, Kelly is certainly impressing in the second tier and Lee Johnson’s side may have trouble holding on to him once the transfer window opens.
Bristol City have struggled to launch the expected playoff assault this season, they’re currently 14h in the Championship table and suffering from inconsistencies that threaten to leave them no more than a mid-table side.
They’re eight points outside the top six, but eight points clear of the bottom three.
Kelly is certainly a talent, having been captain of the England Under 20 side before stepping up to the Under 21s.
His development is going to be best served playing regular senior football, not in the Premier League 2 for the Reds’ Under 23 side, but against proper teams fighting for something that matters.
If Klopp does buy him, a loan back to the Championship until the end of the season makes sense.