Liverpool youngster Adam Lewis has revealed he is looking to replace Alberto Moreno at Anfield following the Spaniard’s departure.
The 27-year-old international has left Merseyside on a free transfer after 141 appearances for the Reds, leaving manager Jurgen Klopp with a lack of left-backs at his disposal, Andy Robertson the only senior option to the German.
Lewis, 19, has not been handed any senior game time during his fledging career with Liverpool but the teenage talent has confirmed to have set his sights on taking the place of the four-cap Spain ace.
He told LFC TV: “In my position, with Alberto going, there’s obviously a chance and he (the manager) gives the youngsters a go in pre-season Of course, pre-season is an opportunity where you can show what you have got.
“The manager has seen me play, I’ve been here last season a few times, but the most important thing for me is to stay down here (at Melwood) and get on the bench in the upcoming season.
“Training with them (the first-team squad) just gives you a taste, it makes you want it more.”
Ambitious plans from the young man who quite clearly wants to make a name for himself sooner rather than later. As he says, Klopp has a tendency to use youngsters during the summer and with a gaping void on the left side of the defence, there is no better opportunity for Lewis to stake his claim. He knows that he is going to find first-team football tough to come by next season, Robertson having established himself as one of the best full-backs no only in England but across the whole of Europe. However, impressing in friendly games might well mean that Klopp hands the teenager a chance in the League or FA Cup, which can only do his development the world of good. Will Liverpool go out and sign a new senior left-back? That could well depend on how Lewis performs over the coming weeks, although with the likes of James Milner having played a role as a makeshift option in the past, that particular transfer hunt might be put on the backburner for the time being.