It’s great to see Liverpool trying their best to build a squad capable of competing on all fronts this season. But with all the talk of adding attacking options and splashing out on big name creative players to carry on last seasons feast of goals we seem to have forgotten about the one problem position, left back. For years Liverpool have struggled in this area. Bar John Arne Riise, the likes of Christian Ziege, Gregory Vignal, Emiliano Insua, Djimi Traore and Fabio Aurelio have failed in giving us a world class left back option and are barely worth a mention in the annuals of the clubs history. It is a sign of this long standing problem that the two best players in that position in recent times have been fill ins, Jamie Carragher, and John Flanagan.
John Flanagan, did a great job there last season despite being predominantly right footed, but surely Rodgers would want him to spend more time over on the other side of the pitch next term with Glen Johnson’s contract looking like it will run its course. Make shift signing, Ally Cissokho, was great at filling space around the training ground and another similar loan move would do nothing more than paper over this gaping crack in the reds back-line.
In my eyes it is about time the reds pulled out all the stops to fix this problem position and do whatever it takes to sign a player that will make that spot his own for years to come.
There was talk of Ashley Cole stepping over from Chelsea but he decided on a move to Italy instead with AS Roma. I for one am glad because as good as Cole has been he is far past his best. So much so that even Roy Hodgson could see it. That leaves two other options, another Chelsea boy in the shape of Ryan Bertrand and Spaniard, Alberto Moreno.
Now I have nothing against Bertrand personally, but is he the answer for a Liverpool team looking to Challenge for the title this season? In the usual guise of a Chelsea player trying to break the first team Bertrand has spent most of his professional career out on loan. Most recently he was shipped to Aston Villa where he performed admirably during his 14 appearances. While at Norwich City in 2010 is then boss, Glenn Roeder described him as a player that, “likes to bomb forward and is tenacious in the tackle when defending,” but no mention of being potentially world class. He would be the cheaper option with the Londoners reportedly happy to let him go for around 8 Million GBP.
The fact that Liverpool haven’t jumped at that price to me speaks volumes. He could still join but it will only be if we can’t bring in anybody else. This leaves Alberto Moreno. Moreno has been branded in some quarters a future Spanish international. First and foremost he is a quality defender with great positional sense. He has great feet, can cross a ball better than most and is not afraid to attack in one on one situations. At 22 he still has room to grow and experience to gain. The stumbling block seems to be the price tag. Liverpool say 16 million while his current club Sevilla say 20 million. There is the thought that failed forward, Iago Aspas, could be used to bridge the gap and I certainly hope so. But even if he can’t, the reds board need to loosen the purse strings and go out and get their man.