Man United, Tottenham and Liverpool join Arsenal in race for Lloyd Kelly

Manchester United, Tottenham and Liverpool have all joined Arsenal in the hunt for the giant defender.

The 6ft 3ins stopper, 20, has excelled on the left-hand side of the Bristol City defence this season.

However, boss Lee Johnson reckons Kelly's long-term future lies in the heart of his back-four, calling him an "absolute beast".

Most recently, Liverpool sent scouts to keep tabs on Kelly – with an eye on a January move.

The Reds have something of a crisis in defence since Joe Gomez broke his leg on Wednesday night.

With Dejan Lovren still missing, Liverpool have no back-up centre-backs available – after Virgil van Dijk and Joel Matip – and even played James Milner at right-back in the 4-0 win over Bournemouth.

But Jurgen Klopp and Co will face competition from their rivals for the talented youngster.

And it's not just clubs who believe Kelly has a bright future – even England boss Gareth Southgate rates him highly.

In fact, the Three Lions chief invited Kelly to train with the senior squad during the most recent international break in October.


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