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



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.

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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.

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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.

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.

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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.

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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.

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.

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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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Rhian Brewster deserves shot at Liverpool first-team next season

The Liverpool teenager deserves a shot ahead of Daniel Sturridge and Divock Origi.



Liverpool fans were rightly excited about England under-17s World Cup win in India last summer. Firstly, it was great to see the English national team doing well at some level. Secondly, one of their own players, Rhian Brewster, was on fire.

The teenage striker won the Golden Boot prize at the competition after scoring eight goals for his nation, including hat-tricks against both the USA and Brazil.

His performances rightly had Liverpool fans excited for the season ahead, but it came too soon for the youngster. Brewster then suffered an ankle injury in January that needed surgery.

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However, despite his setback, it was reported last month by The Telegraph that Brewster will be promoted to the Liverpool first-team next season after his recovery period is over.

Rightly so. Liverpool should be ready to give the teenager his chance in the first-team at Anfield, as he has all the talent available to him to become a club goalscoring sensation.

In fact, if Liverpool want to be serious about him, they should ensure there are no blockages in his pathway.

The likes of Daniel Sturridge, currently on loan at West Brom, and Divock Origi, also on loan but at German side Wolfsburg, should no longer be considered ahead of Brewster in the pecking order.

Getting rid of the injury-prone Sturridge and Origi, who has struggled in the Bundesliga, will leave Brewster firmly in the mix for the striking position at Liverpool.

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Roberto Firmino obviously remains the first choice. But Liverpool also have England’s under-20 goalscoring sensation from the summer in Dominic Solanke. With the hard-working Danny Ings also present, Brewster fits in nicely to the Liverpool striking fold.

Some might say he is too young. But people said that about Michael Owen and Robbie Fowler. The fact is, nobody will know until he is thrown into that position.

Liverpool fans are some of the more supportive and understanding in the country when it comes to young talent, and would have all the patience in the world for the young striker.

It is time to cut the deadwood and make room for the future to blossom.

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Trent Alexander-Arnold World Cup push is deja-vu for Jon Flanagan and Liverpool

The Liverpool defender has had his problems on and off the pitch but is performing well at Bolton Wanderers.



Liverpool right-back Trent Alexander-Arnold has emerged as a late challenger for the England World Cup squad this summer. The teenage defender has been in incredible form for Liverpool in 2018.

His performances against Manchester City in both legs of the recent Champions League win earned mass praise and plenty of Liverpool fans are of the belief that Alexander-Arnold should be in the England squad.

It seems a bit like deja-vu from four years ago. Back then, England were again preparing for a World Cup – this time in Brazil. Once again, Liverpool were in fine form toward the end of that season and narrowly missed out on the Premier League title to Manchester City.

One of the main reasons for their excellent season was the form of young full-back Jon Flanagan. The then 21-year-old defender came in and solved Brendan Rodgers’ left-back problem with aplomb.

He featured in 25 games that season and pushed his way, much like Alexander-Arnold, into England contention.

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In the summer, he was named on the England standby list for the World cup and made his debut in a warm-up game against Ecuador. This should have been the start of something brilliant for the young man.

But the four years since have been a disappointment for the Liverpool man.

That summer a build-up of fluid on his knee led to investigations which in turn led to corrective surgery. Flanagan went on to spend what should have been his crowning years on the treatment table. After spending 18 months on the sidelines he eventually returned, but to a new Liverpool.

Under Jurgen Klopp, first-team football was hard to find. He headed to Burnley on loan last season but found himself not able to break into the first-team at Turf Moor either.

Since that near World Cup miss, football has continuously kicked Flanagan while he has been down and he has also had well-documented problems off the pitch as well.

But there is now a glimmer of hope. In January the defender headed to Bolton Wanderers on loan, to try and help the Trotters fight off relegation to League One and put his recent problems behind him.

Now established as a first-team regular he is getting back to fine form.

Whilst it may come too late to salvage his Liverpool career, there does appear to be a future for Flanagan in the game.

A lot of bad luck has hit the defender so far, whilst his off-field issues have also not helped matters. But, hopefully, he can turn things around and build a career Liverpool fans thought he might back in 2014.

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Liverpool identify Sevilla defender Clement Lenglet as Virgil Van Dijk’s perfect partner



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After signing Virgil Van Dijk in January to begin a rebuilding project in defence, Liverpool could now look to Seville for the next addition and a long-term partner for the Dutchman, with that man being Clement Lenglet.

According to Spanish newspaper SPORT, Liverpool have entered the race to sign the Frenchman alongside Barcelona as interest in the youngster hots up.

The reports indicate that the defender has a release clause set as low as €30 million (£26.1 million) and as such would be a bargain addition in the summer, particularly given the price tag that other players of a similar quality would demand.

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In his first full season in Spain, Lenglet has established a reputation as one of La Liga’s finest defenders, immediately becoming one of the first names on the Sevilla team-sheet under the management of both Eduardo Berizzo and Vincenzo Montella.

At 22-years-old, Lenglet has huge potential and already has four seasons of experience at first team level in France with Nancy and now in the south of Spain.

Good on the ball and strong in the tackle, he is exactly the mould of defender that Jurgen Klopp has looked for previously by signing the likes of Van Dijk and Joel Matip.

Whether a deal is realistic may be another matter given Barcelona’s interest, but it would certainly be one worth pursuing for Liverpool if they do have hopes of mounting a title challenge in the Premier League next season.

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