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Liverpool need a speedy resolution to their problem at left-back

Sunday 9th July 2017
Liverpool are entering pre-season without having signed a new left-back, the one problem position that needed resolving. Now, they are running out of viable options given clubs have beaten them to the signatures of summer targets.

Alberto Moreno is for sale but Liverpool aren't any closer to signing a replacement. The new campaign begins next month and Jurgen Klopp knows he needs to move fast to ensure a new player can gel in time to start the upcoming season strongly.

Liverpool can't go into the new season with their current options

Liverpool somehow managed to get away with having 31-year-old James Milner at left-back for the majority of last season with Moreno exiled from the side – amassing just 298 minutes of Premier League football.

Klopp clearly doesn't trust Moreno, but the Reds are somewhat running out of time before they're going to play their first game of the 2017/18 season – August 16 or 17, August 23 or 24.

Milner enjoyed a good season in a new role but his advancing age will limit how long he can remain a makeshift left-back. The intensive Premier League and the stellar European sides in the Champions League could see him struggle.

Reds have missed out to other clubs for summer targets

Liverpool were linked with a number of talented left-backs this summer but they have made no progress and have been left to see clubs beat them to the signatures of talented options. Ricardo Rodriguez was considered by the Merseysiders, but the Switzerland international opted to leave Vfl Wolfsburg to join AC Milan this summer.

The Reds have also been linked with Monaco's Benjamin Mendy, a player who last season won the Ligue 1 title and reached the Champions League semi-finals – the calibre of player Liverpool should be targeting. However, Manchester City are believed to have won the race for the full-back.

Southampton's Ryan Bertrand was a target for Liverpool, but the two clubs have a poor relationship after the Reds were forced to make an apology for “tapping up” Virgil van Dijk this summer. Manchester City are said to be in the bidding for the Englishman, too.

Higher standard needed due to upcoming Champions League campaign

Liverpool have been linked with Hull City's Andrew Robertson, but the Scotland international has little experience at the top level for the demands that would lie ahead if he made the switch.

Jurgen Klopp's side are challenging for a top-four place at the minimum in the Premier League, will be in the Champions League next season and will want a deep run in the FA Cup or EFL Cup. Robertson plays for Hull City, a club in the Championship, meaning it would be a big step up to join Liverpool.

The 23-year-old has made 57 Premier League appearances for the Tigers. He would be playing with a higher standard of teammate at Liverpool and a higher standard of performance will be expected. He's shown he has the potential but would need to be ready to start for Liverpool.

This summer, Liverpool have to consider a player who can play for a side chasing a top-four spot in the Premier League and perform against the best sides in Europe in the Champions League.

This may make their search harder, but it's vital they bring in quality for the gruelling season ahead. Liverpool may even need to sign two left-backs of a high standard as they could play over 50 games in all competitions next season.
Crippy Cooke

Crippy is a long-suffering Aston Villa supporter and weekly football accumulator enthusiast.

Stealing a living, the balding 27-year-old boasts a wealth of writing experience - Telegraph, Independent, Huffington Post, Zoo Magazine, Daily Mail, ITV Football, MSN Sport, Yahoo Sport, London 24 and Bleacher Report.

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