Liverpool could do much worse than going after left back Aly Cissokho of Valencia, as has been suggested this week.
Aly Cissokho is one of Valencia’s key left backs and a player who could do Liverpool the world of good if they try to sign him in the summer.
There’s no madness in going after another left back because it may ultimately make Jose Enrique a much better and more attacking player at Liverpool, which is something that will aid the side. He's been heavily linked with the club before.
Cissokho has decent stats this season having started 13 league games and come off the bench twice for the side. He’s also started six games in the Champions League which shows he has that appealing level of European experience.
It’s not a transfer that would cost Liverpool too much and it wouldn’t force them to move outside their current budget and wage structure. Several online media sources are placing a valuation of £5-£6 million on his head.
As a left back he’d offer consistency, solid defensive skills and the ability to play on the left side of central defence when needed.
He would also allow Brendan Rodgers to push forward Jose Enrique into a left midfield position when he needs to, similarly to the way the Spaniard was used earlier in the season.
Cissokho could be tempted to Liverpool firstly, by the magnitude of the club and what playing for Liverpool means.
What may prevent this deal from happening is Champions League football because as things stand, Valencia have a much better chance of securing that for next season than Liverpool.
The best players in all positions want to play in Europe’s primary cup competition which means if Liverpool don’t finish fourth then Cissokho will have a very big reason not to move to the club.
Managers have always said they like to have two top class players in each position and Cissokho would tie up the left back spot for the club.
It would also take the pressure off of Liverpool in terms of rushing through the development of Jack Robinson, currently on loan at Wolves, who they could send out again in loan next season to continue his development and to gain more experience.
Liverpool fans, what do you think?
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