Liverpool are reportedly closing in on their third summer signing, and it’s one in a position that has been giving them grief for years.
According to the Guardian, the Reds are closing in on the £8m signing of Hull City left-back Andrew Robertson, as speculation continues regarding the Anfield future of Alberto Moreno.
The Spaniard lost his place to James Milner last season and although the former England international performed admirably in the role, there were still calls for manager Jurgen Klopp to sign another specialist left-back in the summer window.
Despite Hull’s relegation to the Championship last season, Robertson impressed in the Tigers’ defence under Mike Phelan and Marco Silva. The 23-year-old is a Scottish international and while he may not be the high-profile full-back that some would have been crying out for, Klopp clearly feels that he can mould the former Dundee United player into an effective part of his Liverpool setup.
To that end, it’s unclear whether or not he will usurp Milner in the starting eleven immediately, but that would certainly be the long-term plan. The club have yet to comment on the news, but the report suggests that a deal could be finalised next week.
Moreno, meanwhile, seems almost certain to leave Liverpool this summer. The 25-year-old made just two Premier League starts last season, and while the club have already rejected an £11m bid from Napoli for his services, an improved offer of £15m will see him depart Merseyside after three seasons.
On this week’s episode of the Mixer Irish football podcast, we chatted to Shelbourne manager Owen Heary and looked ahead to Irish sides’ big week in Europe, as well as the usual League of Ireland news.