Report shares what Liverpool scouts thought about Newcastle's Jamaal Lascelles

Liverpool's German coach Jurgen Klopp speaks during a press conference at the San Paolo stadium in Naples, on September 16, 2019, on the eve of the UEFA Champions League Group E football...

Jamaal Lascelles shone as Newcastle United were beaten 3-1 by Liverpool in Saturday's Premier League clash at Anfield.

Jamaal Lascelles of Newcastle United looks on at the final whistle during the Premier League match between Newcastle United and Watford FC at St. James Park on August 31, 2019 in Newcastle...

Liverpool were interested in signing Newcastle United captain Jamaal Lascelles before they obliterated their transfer record to bring Virgil van Dijk to Anfield, according to Goal, with scouts at Anfield feeling that the Englishman has the potential to develop into a top-class centre-half.

With Southampton standing firm and publicly declaring their intention to keep a towering Dutchman at St Mary’s, it was far from certain at the time that Liverpool would succeed in signing a man who was right at the top of Jurgen Klopp’s wish list.

 

According to Goal, the Reds had a number of alternatives lined up if a bid for Van Dijk failed to succeed with Lascelles one of the back-up options in their sights.

The former Nottingham Forest starlet was included on Liverpool’s ‘B List’ alongside Dortmund powerhouse Manuel Akanji and Real Madrid prodigy Eder Militao (below) with Lascelles considered to be a young, promising defender with the potential to reach the very top in the right environment.

Eder Militao of FC Porto during the Liga NOS match between Sporting CP and FC Porto at Estadio Jose Alvalade on January 12, 2019 in Lisbon, Portugal.

Fortunately for Newcastle, Liverpool finally convinced Southampton to part with Van Dijk to the tune of £75 million. These days, Lascelles is an established Premier League defender and the influential captain of a Magpies team who are now fighting to secure their survival under Steve Bruce.

Lascelles was on the losing side as Newcastle were beaten 3-1 by a Sadio Mane inspired Liverpool at Anfield on Saturday but the 25-year-old returned from Anfield with his reputation intact after a fine display at centre-half.

Yet a performance full of class and character will not have come as a surprise to the Liverpool scouts who tipped Lascelles for the top all those months ago.

Jamaal Lascelles battling with Mohamed Salah of Liverpool during the Premier League match between Liverpool and Newcastle United at Anfield, Liverpool on Saturday 14th September 2019.

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