Liverpool keen on Norwich star chasing Alexander-Arnold in assist race

Liverpool are keeping tabs on the progress of Norwich winger Emiliano Buendia following his strong start to the campaign, according to a report.

Buendia, who moved to the Canaries from Getafe in July 2018, impressed in his first season at the club after scoring eight goals and assisting 12 others in 38 Championship appearances.

The Argentine was subsequently handed a new long-term contract last summer and has kicked on in the Premier League, with seven assists in 21 Premier League games – one behind Trent Alexander-Arnold.

What’s more, Buendia has created a chance every 26 minutes on average this season, a record bettered only by Kevin de Bruyne, who also leads the assist charts.

According to The Athletic, Liverpool are monitoring the winger’s progress ahead of a potential summer swoop, with Buendia’s teammate Jamal Lewis also said to be on the Reds’ radar.

Lewis – a left-back – is a player the source claims Liverpool are well aware of and the 21-year-old could be brought in as back-up to Andy Robertson.

Liverpool have not had a solid back-up left-back since the departure of Alberto Moreno in the summer, with James Milner Jurgen Klopp’s favoured choice behind Robertson.

In other Liverpool news, Klopp has revealed that he often “kills the mood” within the dressing room after a result to keep his players motivated.

Liverpool sit 10 points clear of second-placed Leicester with two games in hand ahead of their clash with Sheffield United, having dropped only two points all season.

The latest result saw Klopp’s men edge past Wolves at Anfield after Sadio Mane’s goal, but the manager insisted that he was not happy with everything he saw from his players.

“I don’t know exactly what the boys said after but we were not happy with all parts of the game,” he said.

“We were happy with the result, but the game gave us a lot of space for improvement, you don’t have to be a super football brain to see that.

“I told the boys what I thought we should have done better immediately after the game and maybe that killed the winning mood.”