Liverpool’s pursuit of a backup left-back has taken a minor setback as the Reds have seen their initial offer rejected by Norwich City, as reported by James Pearce.

The Premier League champions firmed up their interest in the 22-year-old by testing the Norwich resolve and submitting their first offer, £10million-plus a substantial sell-on clause.

That offer has now been rejected by the recently relegated Canaries, who are believed to expect around double the amount of the initial bid made by Liverpool for their starlet.

Jurgen Klopp is hoping to bring Lewis to the club as adequate and more natural cover for first-choice left-back Andy Robertson.

Lewis, who has 12 caps for Northern Ireland, has expressed his desire to join Klopp’s squad as the youngster aims to remain in the top flight.

As Klopp readies his squad for a title defence and potentially a tilt at cup success on the domestic and European stages, building a squad with extra strength in depth with cover in all positions will be pivotal

To that point, the Northern Irishman solves the previous lack of natural left-back cover for Robertson. Like the Scot, Lewis possesses tireless energy down the left flank and will be confident of pushing for a starting berth should the two clubs agree on a fee.

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It remains to be seen whether the champions will increase their bid, although even at £20 million for a player of his undoubted quality and tender age, it still seems a worthwhile deal.

There is a lingering possibility that wantaway left-back Yasser Larouchi could be used as a bargaining tool and head in the opposite direction, similar to what happened to surround the Robertson transfer in 2017, with Kevin Stewart heading to Hull City as part of that deal.