In Focus: Liverpool closing on £12m Gray deal

According to The Mirror, Liverpool are closing on a £12m deal for Leicester City attacker Demarai Gray as Jurgen Klopp looks to kick off his summer spending at Anfield.

What’s the story?

Leicester beat a host of clubs to the signature of Gray from Birmingham City in January 2016, but the winger has largely struggled to impress at the King Power Stadium.

The 20-year-old only started nine Premier League games for the Foxes during the 2016-17 campaign, managing just one league goal in the process.

It is understood that the attacker is intent on leaving Leicester this summer, and according to The Mirror, Liverpool have agreed a £12m deal for Gray, who will move to the Reds when this summer’s transfer window officially opens.

Leicester are said to be keen to keep hold of Gray, but believe that a deal, which would bring an £8.5m profit, would suit both parties.

Gray picked up a Premier League winners medal last season after featuring 12 times in the top flight, although he has only managed two goals in 52 appearances for the Foxes.

Will Gray suit Klopp’s Liverpool?

In order to win a spot in Liverpool’s attack, Klopp demands high-pressing, in addition to a high work-rate, which is exactly what Roberto Firmino and Adam Lallana provided throughout the 2016-17 campaign.

Sadio Mane also bought into Klopp’s ideology, and there would be question marks whether Gray has the tactical awareness to operate as one of the three forwards, especially away from home.

The 20-year-old’s statistics in terms of goals are disappointing, but there is no doubting his electric pace, whilst he has time on his side.

In the modern day, £12m is a snip for a player that has won the Premier League, and a move to Anfield might well be what Gray needs in order to reach the next level.

There have been question marks over his character at the King Power Stadium, but Klopp will not accept anything less than 100% if the England Under-21 international, as expected, joins the Reds in this summer’s transfer window.