According to the Mirror, Brendan Rodgers has his eye on both Sevilla’s Alberto Moreno and Swansea’s Ben Davies to add to his left-back options.
The Reds often had to play Jon Flanagan at left-back last season despite his preferred position being on the right of the Liverpool defence. Flanagan had an outstanding season, contributing in Liverpool’s title challenge, and more importantly their top four finish. However, now it is up to the manager to find a player more suited to the role of left-back than Flanagan.
Whether this decision means giving Flanagan a place ahead of Glen Johnson or not, we will have to wait and see but a rivalry for places is always something a manager wants; the signing of two left backs may be a stroke of genius from Rodgers.
Firstly, Moreno would appear to be the nailed on starter ahead of either Davies or Flanagan, with a price tag of £25 million believed to be the figure Sevilla are looking for according to an article written in June of this year by Talksport.
The 22-year old Spaniard has now established himself in the first team for Sevilla and Rodgers appears to be impressed by what he has seen. With Moreno being so young he will suit the youthful confidence that exuded from Liverpool’s fearless style of play last season. Although unproven on English soil, the young man from Sevilla, if given time, could be a great addition to the Merseyside club.
Our attentions now turn to Swansea City’s Ben Davies. The 21-year-old also brings to the table the exuberance of youth that Liverpool have used to blow teams out of the water in the early stages of games. Some will point to Davies having more of an advantage over Moreno due to the fact he has been highly involved in Swansea’s Premier League campaign in 2013/14.
The Welshman made over 30 top flight appearances last season, indicating he has a good knowledge of the wingers he will come up against next season, whereas this will take more getting used to for Moreno.
With the majority of the focus on signing a replacement for Luis Suarez, the Anfield faithful will also be relieved to see that the Liverpool manager doesn’t appear to be neglecting the other end of the pitch with rumours of signing two promising young defenders.
Despite the proposed signing of these two causing a headache for Rodgers to select his defensive combination, it also means that he can rest players once the Champions League and other cup games start overlapping during their hectic Premier League schedule.
One of these signings would improve Liverpool’s defence but if both are to join the Anfield club be prepared to see frustrated right wingers for Liverpool’s opposition this season.
Rob Lyons, Pundit Arena.