On the subject of Barnes, who has been mentioned with a move to Anfield in the past, Jones had this to say about the player.
He said: “It’s very hard to phrase things sometimes, but there are things that you know, there are things you suspect and there are things that you don’t know.
“I can openly admit there’s a lot of things that I don’t know about Liverpool, but one thing I do know is that when I’ve spoken to people within Liverpool’s staff, within Liverpool’s recruitment team, within Liverpool’s squad, certain players’ names come up and they say yeah, he’s a good player, he’s very, very good.
“Harvey Barnes is certainly one of them.
“I think he probably isn’t a player that Liverpool are going to try and sign this summer, but it’s one of them that if you see a link with Harvey Barnes pop up in the future, you can know for certain that there’s a lot of people, including coaching staff and including recruitment staff, that think he’s a very good player, so don’t be surprised.
“I like him, I think he’s a really good player.”
As a product of Leicester’s youth academy, Barnes made his senior debut for the Foxes back in December 2016 in their 5-0 defeat against FC Porto in the Champions League under former Leicester manager Claudio Ranieri.
Overall, the 23-year-old, who is currently valued at £31.5 million, has made 99 appearances for Brendan Rodgers’ side across all competitions in which he has managed to score 21 goals and provide 15 assists along the way (per Transfermarkt).
TIF Thoughts on Neil Jones’ comments on Liverpool’s interest in Barnes…
With Jones suggesting that Barnes could well be a future target that Liverpool could potentially look to sign in the next few years, he could well end up being a possible replacement for either Sadio Mane or Mohamed Salah if either of the current Liverpool pair ends up leaving the club when their contracts run out in 2023.
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However, with Barnes managing to score nine goals and provide four assists in 25 appearances for Leicester in the Premier League last season, it would be safe to assume, in our view, that the Midlands club would be keen to keep hold of him for as long as possible if he continues to be such a significant player for them in front of goal.