Jamal Lewis still used Liverpool as a catalyst after completing his £ 15m transfer to him Newcastle united.
The left-back was the subject of a £ 10m bid from Liverpool Last month, Juergen Klopp aimed to defend Andy Robertson.
It was thought Lewis had set his heart on a move to Anfield, but missed after Norwich turned down the offer, as the Premier League champions signed for Constantinos Tsimikas of Olympiacos for £ 11.75 million.
After arriving in Newcastle, Lewis made it clear he felt Liverpool had set the standard when asked which defenders they liked.
“There are great examples – the two will be from Liverpool and Andrew Robertson and Trent Alexander-Arnold,” said the 22-year-old. nufc.
“They really are setting the standards right now with their gameplay, aggressiveness and enthusiasm for the way forward.
“You see how important it is to their team. It helped show how important they are. They really set the standards.”
Norwich reportedly wanted twice as much as Liverpool was offering Lewis, and with the Reds unwilling to pay for the odds, they signed in for the Greek international player Tsimikas.
Sale Lewis For £ 5m more than the title winners originally offered, they will raise more on whether Liverpool should stick to their quest for the Northern Ireland international player – and that could become more apparent as the new season progresses.
Tsimikas, 24, started his career with Olympiacos, taking out loans in Denmark and the Netherlands before cementing his place in the Greek club.
He participated in 43 matches with his team in all competitions last season – including those against the European League Wolves And Arsenal Helping Olympiacos win the domestic title in a similar dominant fashion to Liverpool.
Klopp needed specialist support for Robertson, having relied on versatile James Milner to cover his first choice as a left-back in the past.
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Robertson joined Liverpool from Hull City for just £ 8m three years ago.
Like Alexander-Arnold, he transformed under the coach’s guidance to become one of the best defenders in the world and an important part of Liverpool’s quick attack.