Foot­ball Reds re­port­edly im­pressed by tal­ented young City de­fender Kelly

Bristol Post - - SPORT - Ai­dan MCCARTNEY ai­[email protected]­

LIVER­POOL are re­port­edly one of the Premier League sides in­ter­ested in sign­ing Bris­tol City’s tal­ented young de­fender Lloyd Kelly.

Kelly has made the break­through into the Robins first team this sea­son and it’s clear he has a very bright fu­ture in the game.

The 20-year-old was made Eng­land Un­der-20s cap­tain ear­lier this sea­son be­fore in­juries saw him given a chance for Aidy Boothroyd’s Un­der-21s side.

He didn’t dis­ap­point with an ex­cel­lent dis­play af­ter com­ing on early against Italy’s young­sters, and he again looked good against Den­mark from the bench play­ing along­side Eng­land’s finest crop of young­sters.

The Reds were one of sev­eral clubs who had scouts to watch Kelly dur­ing City’s 2-0 de­feat at Leeds United ear­lier this month and they could be ready to make a move in Jan­uary, ac­cord­ing to ClubCall.

Jur­gen Klopp is look­ing to re­place Al­berto Moreno at left-back dur­ing the up­com­ing trans­fer win­dow and Kelly fits the bill as a de­fender who can at­tack as well as he can de­fend.

Kelly, who has played 1,391 min­utes in his 16 Cham­pi­onship ap­pear­ances for City this sea­son, signed a new con­tract in the sum­mer with the Robins un­til 2021, with the club also hold­ing an ex­tra year in their favour.

How­ever, in­ter­est is ex­pected to build ahead of the Jan­uary trans­fer win­dow as Kelly’s rep­u­ta­tion grows with sev­eral other Premier League sides also keep­ing tabs.

Pic­ture: Ro­gan Thom­son/JMP

Bris­tol City’s Lloyd Kelly on the ball against Mill­wall last Sun­day

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