The left-back spot at Liverpool was a problem during the whole course of last season. Alberto Moreno, who joined under Brendan Rodgers, failed to impress Jurgen Klopp with his performances. The Spaniard is a great option going forward, but he lacks the defensive stability to be a mainstay in the German manager’s side.
Because of Moreno’s poor showings, Klopp turned to the versatile James Milner. The Englishman played a role as a makeshift left-back for almost the whole season and, on occasions, looked comfortable. Yet, with Champions League football bringing a higher quality of opposition, Milner can’t be assigned the position permanently.
Instead, the Reds may have to spend money to improve their options. Here are three potential left-back signings Liverpool could make this summer…
Andrew Robertson – Hull City
Having suffered relegation with Hull City, the Tigers’ poor form has done little to affect the demand in Andrew Robertson. The Scotland international appeared 33 times last season and was one of the very few bright sparks in a poor season for Hull.
The left-back was the Tigers’ third most creative player, completing 17 key passes and two assists. He was a force going forward throughout the campaign, beating his man on 26 occasions, while he also scored the winning goal against West Ham United.
The Liverpool Echo have previously linked Robertson to Anfield for a fee of £8 million. With youth, Premier League experience and an abundance of quality, for such a small figure, Robertson could be the perfect option for Klopp this summer.
Kieran Tierney – Celtic
Another Scotland international Klopp has his eye on, according to the Mirror, is Celtic’s Kieran Tierney. The 19-year-old had a stellar campaign last season, helping the Hoops to the league title.
Tierney, who looked impressive as Scotland drew 2-2 with England in their most recent World Cup qualifier, would cost the Reds around £15 million – as suggested by the Express – but it would be an astute investment as the Scotsman has many years ahead of him.
Ryan Bertrand – Southampton
Although Liverpool and Southampton failed to agree on a deal involving Virgil van Dijk, the Reds could attempt to sign Ryan Bertrand. In the Van Dijk pursuit, the Anfield club ended up posting an apology on their official website. However, ESPN suggest that the negotiations for Bertrand could be easier.
Paul Marriner suggested that Southampton would be willing to sell, as they are a ‘selling club’, and that the Englishman would suit Liverpool. Bertrand may come at a bigger cost than the other aforementioned full-backs, but he could be the best solution to Liverpool’s left-back problems.
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