It’s no secret that the club is crying out for a quality left back. Immediate options seem pretty limited and it’s a real unknown who may come in and solid up the back four.
Over last season Klopp managed to get the best out of Liverpool’s center backs and with the addition of Joel Matip this summer it seems this area isn’t the big concern it was a year ago.
The ever consistent Nathaniel Clyne has cemented himself into the right back spot and with Jon Flanagan back in contention this is another area sured up.
The mixed performances and constant lack of defensive cover from Alberto Moreno however leaves left back as something of a problem. Brad Smith is emerging through the ranks and may prove an option as understudy, Joe Gomez is also set to return following a lengthy lay off with injury, both options are encouraging for the future, Moreno is still maturing and will improve under Klopp too, however it’s not enough.
A new left back ready to slot in as first choice must come in this summer, the most touted option is Germany left back Jonas Hector, his performances are improving game by game at the Euro’s and the Cologne player seems to be Klopp’s first choice. As the Euro’s progress though, Hector is only going to go up in value and showcase his talents to rival suitors, this will be a tough deal to pull off.
Leicester youngster Ben Chilwell has been mentioned as a target. The England U21 star was brought into the side which won the premier league last season by Claudio Ranieri, he holds great promise and may develop to be a top left back in the future. Right now though we don’t need that, signing Chilwell wouldn’t solve anything immediately unless it proves a lucrative gamble, personally I’d rather not be taking chances here.
The Liverpool Echo have reported that the club have made a bid for Portugal defender raphael guerreiro, although it seems the player is set to sign for Dortmund.
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