Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp was reportedly unwilling to pay £10m to sign Leicester City star Ben Chilwell this summer and so pulled the plug on the deal.
Despite continuing to defend Alberto Moreno, the German tactician and the club were linked with various left-backs over the summer including the highly-rated Foxes youngster.
According to The Sun, Klopp could have been deploying the 19-year-old in his team this weekend to face the Premier League champions, but instead he will line up in the opposite dug out.
That’s down to the fact that the Liverpool boss refused to pay over the odds for him as he didn’t want to be seen as a manager who would bow to demands and pay extortionate fees for players, according to the same report.
While that’s a fair strategy and approach to take, it didn’t prevent him from splashing out on the likes of Georginio Wijnaldum and Sadio Mane this summer, although both boasted experience of playing regular Premier League football prior to the arrivals at Anfield, something that Chilwell can’t.
In turn, he remained at the King Power Stadium as he continues his development, with Leicester having high hopes that he can be an important part of their plans moving forward as Claudio Ranieri will look to give him a more prominent role in the months ahead.
Meanwhile, Moreno came under further pressure after his mistakes in the opening game of the season against Arsenal, with James Milner being played at left-back more recently as the wait continues for Klopp to finally address the problem with a long-term solution.