Five left-back options for Liverpool this summer

Assou Ekotto

With Brendan Rodgers suggesting left-back was a problem area we look at five potential solutions to their problem.

Brendan Rodgers recently outlined the rest of his plans for the summer transfer market. The Liverpool manager has already made significant in-roads in the transfer market this season but is now intent on adding to his attacking options; and getting cover at left-back.

"There are obviously certain areas of the squad where we're a bit thinner than others. We probably need a bit more support - that extra bit of quality - at the top end of the field and that's something we'll look out for. That'll be mixed with needing cover in the left-back position - that's something we're looking at. It's not really about numbers, it's about quality. If we can do that over the next number of weeks we'll be happy."

Last season many different players had to cover the left-back slot when called upon with the likes of Glen Johnson, Daniel Agger and Stewart Downing all providing cover when Jose Enrique spent time on the side-lines.

So which five left-backs should they target this summer?

Aly Cissokho

The Valencia defender is said to be keen on an exit from the club this summer and Liverpool have recently been linked with a £4 million bid for the player.

The swashbuckling Frenchman could be an excellent addition to the club and at 25-years-old he is not exactly checking into the retirement home anytime soon.

This is a player who once commanded a €15 million fee so is obviously talented; even if the last few seasons have not exactly gone to plan.

Guilherme Siqueira

The talented Brazilian is being seriously considered for the Brazil squad at the moment but in order to do so he may have to make the move away from Granada to pastures new; and pastures grander.

He has been linked with Real Madrid recently and stages don’t come much grander then the Bernabeu; but Anfield is certainly a willing rival.

Luke Shaw

The youngster signed a new deal with Southampton this summer but if Liverpool are looking toward the future then the 18-year-old is the man for them.

Rapidly fast and a clear superstar in the making he handled his debut season in the Premier League with aplomb; and the sky is the limit.

His cost however would be a stumbling block.

Ryan Bertrand

Chelsea apparently have no desire to sell the England international this summer as they see him as the long-term successor to Ashley Cole.

However Bertrand would relish the chance of first-team football; in order to enhance his own England chances in a world cup year.

If he was to put his mind to it he could certainly force a move.

Benoit Assou-Ekotto

With Danny Rose set to be the first-choice left-back at Spurs this season the Cameroonian would be on the bench.

He says he isn’t that interested in football and that it is just a job to him so the idea of sitting around and picking up his pay-packet at the end of the week might just appeal to him.

But he might fancy a change of scenery and Liverpool could certainly enquire.

Would you like to see any of these five players at Anfield next season?

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