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.

Who would you like to see arrive at Anfield? Which targets do you think are realistic options? Please share your thoughts in the comments below.

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KLOPPite
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Wrote a long response but for some reason it has disappeared

Jamie (admin)
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That’s strange, what device was it?

KLOPPite
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It was an iPhone, same as the one I said disappeared

Huytonian
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I can’t understand why we are not pushing the boat out for a top quality left back. It is obvious that this position is a weakness. Yet the Echo says that Klopp is not interested in Hector who is the highest profile LB we have been linked with so far. Instead we are supposedly looking for a young player who can be developed. Surely with the new TV deal we are not short of money for transfers and left backs don’t come with the same mark up as a striker. I would like Rodrigues but he probably would only go to a CL team. I’m watching LB’s at the Euros but I haven’t seen anyone who stands out as a defender though many (as with Moreno) are decent going forward.

Jamie (admin)
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Rodrigues would be great but like to say it’d be a tough one to pull off. It’d be down to Klopp using his reputation and vision for the future.

Full agree we should be busting a gut to replace this weak link in the side.

KLOPPite
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I’ll try it again. I think it is a legitimate claim that Moreno cost us both Cup Finals last season. I know Migs could’ve done more in the C1C to save the shot, but I believe Morenos poor positioning and challenges led to both openers and changed the games. So while we could use strengthening at other positions, I think the most pressing, and most “bang for the buck” return on investment will come from a solid, defensive LB acquisition. Can anyone name our last good LB who was a regular starter and wasn’t a weakness? Look back at this list of sad names to fill the position: multiple right backs playing LB, Alberto Moreno, Jose Enrique, Paul Konchesky (& his mum), Emiliano Insua, (oft-injured)Fabio Aurelio. That’s about a decade of subpar or inconsistent performances that have weakened our back four, yielding 50 goals a season (a guesstimate, not researched). The times we have had periods of good play there it’s allowed our CBs to concentrate on THEIR job and not provide cover, making us formidable. So while I would dream of a Ricardo Rodriguez and think it would make sense to overpay for him, we don’t need to fret… Read more »
Jamie (admin)
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Agree with all there. Another Clyne would be fantastic. Moreno provides an attacking option which will be useful in certain games, I’d keep him as 2nd choice and let Klopp develop his defensive game.

Commenting should be fine now, was just a minor bug.

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