Liverpool enjoyed a 4-3 triumph over Arsenal at the Emirates on Sunday, but there was certainly one negative aspect that stood out like a sore thumb amidst the quality on display.
Alberto Moreno’s first-half performance was just yet another example of how the signing from Sevilla has failed to settle into Premier League football as much as he would have liked.
The left-back’s horrendously mistimed tackle on Theo Walcott resulted in an early Gunners penalty, and although the Englishman missed, Moreno was still blasted by the media for his awful mistake.
Described by Gary Neville as ‘absolute garbage’, Moreno is sure to lose his place in the first-team with Jurgen Klopp in the market for a new addition in Moreno’s position.
However, finding a player worth his salt at left-back is easier said than done.
Liverpool’s £7m bid for Leicester prodigy Ben Chilwell failed earlier this summer, so who could the Reds opt for alternatively?
Here’s our best five targets.
[tie_slide] Jonas Hector
Unfortunately for Liverpool fans, this is our most unlikely option out of the five after Hector signed a new deal tying him to Cologne until 2021. However, money talks in football and the German international could still join, but his value looks to have astronomically shot up.
Hector is not yet a world beater but his performances in the Bundesliga and for his national team do suggest he has a lot of promise. Nevertheless, the player was a late bloomer to top-flight football and at 26, now would be the ideal time to move. [/tie_slide]
[tie_slide] Jetro Willems
The chances of bringing Willems to Anfield are much more likely. The PSV Eindhoven left-back has been one of those individuals whose names constantly seems to pop up in the rumour mill.
The Dutchman hinted at his interest to a Liverpool move after assuring Georginio Wijnaldum that he would ‘see him soon’ on Twitter after his move from Newcastle. Willems is expected to cost Liverpool £13m, should he join. [/tie_slide]
[tie_slide] Andrew Robertson
The Telegraph have linked the Reds with a move for the Hull left-back and we feel it would be a very astute move. Selling Moreno for a loss has not really been indicated, but it is evident he at least needs some serious competition and Robertson would certainly provide that.
Having joined from Dundee United for £3m last summer, the Scottish international shone under Steve Bruce but could be looking for a move to a bigger club. [/tie_slide]
[tie_slide] Mattia de Sciglio
An extremely versatile option, de Sciglio is comfortable on both feet and is an adept defender in both the left-back and right-back positions. Football Italia have reported that de Sciglio turned down Napoli and has no interest of a move to another Serie A club, but the lure of the Premier League and the chance to work with Jurgen Klopp may prove too strong.
Napoli’s offer of €15m was far off AC Milan’s valuation of €25m. Klopp has shown this summer that he is not afraid to spend money in order to challenge for European places, so it is not an impossible move by a long stretch. [/tie_slide]
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