Ben Chilwell has crossed his name off the list of reported Liverpool targets by committing his future to Leicester City.
The left-back has signed a new long-term deal with the club just days after resurfacing as a potential summer replacement for Alberto Moreno.
Liverpool are resigned to losing the Spaniard on a free transfer when his current deal expires at the end of the season, with negotiations over an extension having broken down.
Chilwell was identified by the Mirror’s David Maddock as a possible alternative, having been a long-term target for Jurgen Klopp.
The Englishman has since somewhat quashed any suggestions of an Anfield switch and expressed his excitement for the future at the King Power Stadium.
Speaking on his official Twitter page, he said: “Delighted to sign a new long-term contract with Leicester. I want to thank the owner, the manager, my teammates, the backroom staff, my family and the fans for their incredible support.”
“I am really excited to continue my journey at this great club. Onwards and upwards.”
Delighted to sign a new long-term contract with @LCFC. I want to thank the owner, the manager, my teammates, the backroom staff, my family and the fans for their incredible support. I am really excited to continue my journey at this great club. Onwards and upwards. 🔵🦊 pic.twitter.com/bDr2XpRbGj
— Ben Chilwell (@BenChilwell) October 20, 2018
Liverpool are expected to turn to teenager Adam Lewis in their search for both a Moreno replacement and a long-term successor to Andrew Robertson.
The 18-year-old has asserted himself as a leading contender within the club’s youth setup to be the next to earn the step up to senior football.
Lewis has already established himself as a prominent figure in Neil Critchley’s U23s this season following his standout 2017/2018 campaign with Steven Gerrard’s U18s.
His sparkling form was recently rewarded with an opportunity to train with the Reds’ first team whilst a number of players were away on international duty.
Those familiar with his rise through the youth ranks will be well-accustomed to the fierce delivery tipped to bolster Liverpool’s attacking arsenal further down the line.