With the sale of Brad Smith and the rumour being that Jon Flanagan is off on a loan deal, Jurgen Klopp may be tempted to recruit a new left back for the 2016/17 season.
There have been murmers of James Milner being used as an auxiliary full back. However, if the likes of Lucas Leiva, Kevin Stewart and Cameron Brannagan leave the club in any capacity, Klopp may react and bring in a fullback in order to keep Milner primarily as a midfielder. It has been widely reported that the Reds have been after teenage fullback Ben Chilwell from Leicester.
This potential signing has almost been completely ruled out however with Chilwell signing a new long-term deal at Leicester. So, who can the reds look to bring in at fullback?
Of all the choices, this seems to be the one the Liverpool fans favour the most. The German international has played 55 of Koln’s 57 games since their promotion, and at age 26 would offer direct competition for Moreno for that left back spot. He was a starter for Germany at the Euros at left back and can also play in midfield, offering utility value for Klopp and his team.
22 Year-old Jordan Amavi from Aston Villa has also been linked with the Reds since Chilwell’s new deal. Amavi established himself as a fans favourite in the early part of 2015/16 before a big injury decimated his campaign. Whilst away with France U21’s in November, Amavi damaged his knee and wasn’t seen again for the remainder of the campaign.
With such limited experience in the league, you would imagine he would play second fiddle to Moreno initially, putting some much needed pressure on the Spaniard to cut out the sloppy mistakes. It is understood that Villa are desperate to keep hold of the youngster, however the lure of top flight football and Liverpool in-particular should be enough to seal the deal if Klopp decides to delve into the market.
Remember him? Arbeloa made his debut for LFC in a famous win at the Nou Camp in 2007 after a transfer in the January window for Deportivo. In his time at the club Arbeloa established himself as a first choice option at right-back for Rafa Benitez’s side, playing a total of 66 games for the Reds. Arbeloa left to sign for Real Madrid for 5 million after the 2008/09 season.
Arbeloa has the experienced required to fill in at left-back while Moreno strives for the consistency he needs to be a top full-back. Similarly to the Toure signing, Arbeloa could offer a lot of winning experience to a side that doesn’t have any yet. The Spaniard boasts two Champions League and a La Liga winners medal at club level and World Cup and European Championship medals at international level. Arbeloa is also currently a free agent and would cost the club no fee.
I couldn’t go through a list of potential signings for LFC and NOT mention a Southampton player could I? If you can look past the club, Bertrand could answer Liverpool’s left-back problem the way in which former team mate Nathanial Clyne has provided the answer for the problem on the other side. Both modern fullbacks, Betrand and Clyne are quite similar and would suit Klopp’s style you’d imagine should we choose to raid Southampton again. Another positive is that if we buy Ryan Betrand, we get our next Southampton player for free.
Written by Jack Mitchell (@jm97lfc)