• Liverpool have made Leicester's Harvey Barnes their new target
  • He scored 9 goals in 25 matches in the 2019-20 season
  • Leicester failed to finish in the top 4 of the Premier League

Liverpool FC have reportedly made 22-year-old Harvey Barnes of Leicester City their target ahead of the summer transfer market.

Jurgen Klopp’s side is the 2019-20 Premier League champion but ahead of the new campaign, the German boss is looking to add depth in his attacking group and had identified Wolves’ Adama Traore as a perfect fit in his set up at Anfield.

However, Wolves have reportedly turned down Liverpool’s interest in their Spanish talent so far. That led to Liverpool turn their attention to Leicester’s young midfielder Barnes, who is not expected to come cheap this summer.

According to a report in English publication Mirror, Klopp has been impressed with Barnes’ energy and forceful pace. Klopp reportedly believes Barnes, who scored seven goals in 41 appearances for Leicester in 2019-20, has a lot more to offer in his career.

Liverpool lifted the Premier League trophy for the first time on Wednesday
Liverpool lifted the Premier League trophy for the first time after waiting 30 years for a league title. POOL / Laurence Griffiths

Barnes is an academy product at Leicester, who joined the club when he was nine. The England national signed his first professional contract with the King Power side in 2016 before being loaned off to MK Dons that compete in League One, the third tier of English soccer league system. Barnes then played on loan for Championship clubs Barnsley, and West Brom (now promoted to Premier League).

Having scored nine goals in 25 competitive matches for West Brom in the 2018-19 season, Barnes was very impressive on the field that led to Leicester recalling him during the 2019 January transfer window with immediate effect.

Barnes, who played the entire 2019-20 Premier League season, was a key part of Leicester, whose selfless style of play allowed teammate Jamie Vardy to clinch the Golden Boot by netting 23 goals in the league.

The Mirror report further disclosed -- Klopp is aware that Barnes can play on the left side of the Reds' three-man attack, as well as across the midfield. While Klopp is adamant about not shelling out big money to sign players this summer, Leicester won’t let their 22-year-old talented midfielder walk away for cheap.

After losing to Manchester United 2-0 at home in their final Premier League game of the season, Leicester failed to finish in the top four of the league table. However, they can still play the Champions League next season, provided Man Utd win the Europa League or Chelsea triumph in the Champions League next month.