That’s according to the Evening Standard.The Reds were interested in the 20-year-old defender, who can play at left-back or centre-back, enjoyed a fine first full campaign for Bristol City who finished just four points outside of the Championship play-offs and made 32 appearances.But Kelly was snagged by Bournemouth last week in a £13million deal to pen a long-term contract with the Cherries.But the Evening Standard claim Liverpool could have had the chance to beat Bournemouth to the England under-21 international.It is reported that Kelly was a target for Klopp because the German manager is keen to recruit a versatile defender capable of filling in for several positions given the competition for places at Anfield.Liverpool are in need of a left-back in particular with back-up option Alberto Moreno expected to leave the club with his contract expiring next month.But the Evening Standard say that Liverpool moved on from Kelly because they did not want to match or exceed the fee Bournemouth agreed to pay and therefore moved on.With Andy Robertson having established himself as one of the best left-sided defenders in Europe, Liverpool were reluctant to pay so much for a back-up option, particularly given Kelly’s long-term future is seen as a centre-back.The Merseyside outfit spent over £150m on new signings last summer but according to many sources are in for a quieter window this time around.BBC Sport’s David Ornstein claims Liverpool will not spend in excess of the £13m that Kelly would have cost them – also consequently the lowest fee they paid a year ago, when they bought Xherdan Shaqiri from Stoke City for £13.5m. He told BBC Radio 5 Live Sport: “There’s not a lot of money left. Any spending will be below the fees that they spent on Shaqiri last summer, a fee of around £13m. “The interest in Julian Brandt is not going to come to fruition this summer. “There was previously interest in him, the window before they signed Mohamed Salah in 2017.“He didn’t want to play second fiddle then and the situation would be worse for him now. “The same case with Timo Werner. We’re looking at around £20m for these players plus four or five-year contracts and agents fees. “It’s not going to happen. It’s going to be a low-key summer for Liverpool.”Liverpool’s decision not to pursue a deal for Kelly could open the door for academy talent Adam Lewis, who has impressed for the club’s under-23s.But the Evening Standard add that Liverpool still want to try and find a player similar to Kelly this summer, with Eddie Howe describing his new recruit as “athletic, versatile, [and] physically excellent”.Liverpool-born 19-year-old Lewis will hope he gets his chance to impress in pre-season before then, with Klopp’s side expected to announce several friendlies in the UK before they travel to the United States for a three-game tour.



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