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Is PSV’s Jetro Willems the best left-back option available to Liverpool?

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As the new Premier League season fast approaches, Jurgen Klopp will be seeking to put the finishing touches on his Liverpool squad for next season.

Having already completed the signings of ‘keeper Loris Karius, defenders Joel Matip and Ragnar Klaven, midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum and forward Sadio Mane, the German manager is reportedly aiming to strengthen the left-back position at Anfield.

 

Alberto Moreno, who occupied the left-back position the last two seasons, showcased a number of nervy moments, most notably in the 2015/16 Europa League final against his former club Sevilla, and now Klopp is seeking a replacement.

That player is believed to be PSV Eindhoven full-back Jetro Willems and whilst the club have taken former Barcelona defender, Juanma on a one week trial period, Liverpool are reportedly preparing a £13million bid for Willems.

 

The Dutchman is just 22 years of age and would provide an extremely strong offensive threat as he enjoys joining in with attacks and producing fantastic crosses with his dangerous left foot.

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Perhaps not the most established in terms of defending as of yet, Willems has many years to improve his skills in this area and there are few managers in the world better than Klopp at taking youngsters under their wing.

Moreno, as Premier League fans will know, also possesses lightening pace and enjoys attacking from the flanks but poor decision-making and the risk of switching off when defending has caused some Liverpool fans to lose faith in the Spaniard.

 

If Klopp does move for the defender, then he will definitely have two good left-back options and with Nathaniel Clyne a threat down the right, Liverpool will be looking to utilise the full-backs as often as possible.

Having said this, another option that should be considered by Klopp is Jon Flanagan.

 

The Liverpool-born player is able to play on both sides of the defence and before enduring a number of injuries, looked as though he would go on to be one of the strongest full-backs in the league.

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Now 23 years of age, rumours have swirled about a possible spell out on loan but Flanagan is arguably the strongest, full-back defensively at Anfield.

His speed down the flanks and a clear love of defending means that he is surely a player that Klopp doesn’t want to lose but the signing of Willems from PSV could easily confirm his departure.

There aren’t many stronger left-back options available for Liverpool at the moment and whilst Willems would definitely be a good signing, Klopp and Flanagan have some big decisions to make.

 

The club were perhaps unsurprisingly linked with Southampton defender Ryan Bertrand earlier in the summer, but the England international signed a contract extension and the Reds have also been linked with a move for Leicester City youngster, Ben Chilwell.


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