Liverpool make key demand as Leeds eye swoop for unwanted defender

Date published: Thursday 16th July 2020 1:46

Liverpool defender Yasser Larouci will leave Anfield this summer with Leeds United and Brentford preparing to swoop, according to a report.

The left-back made his debut against Everton in January’s FA Cup tie and has two outings for the season so far.

However, amid his struggle for game time – and his contract expiring – Goal claims Liverpool will let the 19-year-old leave.

The source says the Reds have held “lengthy discussions” with the player and his representatives and decided he should move on to earn regular game time.

As for Larouci’s next club, Liverpool have reportedly held initial discussions with Leeds and Brentford. Indeed, the Championship duo are the most likely at this stage to sign him.

Liverpool’s key demand for the sale will reportedly be to earn a solid fee for the France youth international.

They will also try to include buy-back and sell-on clauses and performance-related addd-ons.

Larouci was initially on the bench for the FA Cup third-round win over Everton. However, injury to James Milner gave him his first opportunity in a Reds shirt.

Yasser Larouci Liverpool

That opportunity arrived after he began training with Jurgen Klopp‘s senior crop last summer.

Liverpool are happy to stand aside and let Larouci leave, a decision which will hamper their options at left-back.

The Reds do not have a recognised deputy for Andy Robertson, with James Milner the go-to stand-in. Should Milner be unavailable, Joe Gomez has played there and Neco Williams featured in the role at Brighton this month.

SOUNESS SLAMS LIVERPOOL STARS

Elsewhere, Graeme Souness has hit out at a number of Liverpool players after their 2-1 defeat to Arsenal.

Liverpool’s biggest recent signings – Virgil van Dijk and Alisson Becker – were both at fault as the Gunners claimed an unlikely win at The Emirates.

However, the pair were a number of Klopp’s men who lacked intensity throughout.

And Souness claimed the players were “in their armchairs” after wrapping up the Premier League title last month.

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