Liverpool poised to maintain unlikely transfer trait with Jamal Lewis deal

Norwich City left-back Jamal Lewis could be just the latest player to go from contemplating life in the Championship to playing in the Champions League with Liverpool.

The Reds are lining up a £10million deal for the 22-year-old Northern Ireland international, who played 28 times this season as the Canaries went straight back down to the second tier under manager Daniel Farke.

Lewis's raiding runs from left-back were a feature of Norwich's play throughout the season, and mark him out at a perfect understudy for Andy Robertson, who himself is a member of growing group of players who were relegated immediately before they made the switch to Anfield.

If the Lewis deal goes through, then that will make this the sixth successive summer that Liverpool have snapped up a player who has just felt the feeling that no footballer wants to face.

It is a run that even pre-dates the appointment of Jurgen Klopp, with Brendan Rodgers bringing in Danny Ings from Burnley in the summer of 2015 after the Clarets had gone down under Sean Dyche.

One year on, and in Klopp's first summer transfer window, Gini Wijnaldum arrived after going down with Newcastle United, with the Dutchman going on to become a key player under the German.

In 2017 it was Robertson's turn, as the young Scottish left-back was taken on board from Hull City in an unheralded switch which is already drawing parallels with the move for Lewis.

Next came Xherdan Shaqiri in 2018, as the Swiss moved on from Stoke City and took his place in a squad that went on to win the Champions League.

And last summer it was the turn of youngster Harvey Elliott, who went from making two Premier League appearances for a relegated Fulham in 2018/19 to playing twice in the league for champions Liverpool in 2019/20.

Lewis is now in the frame to become the sixth member of that group, and maintain Klopp's 100 per cent record of raiding relegated clubs every summer.

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