Liverpool are right not to pay £7m for left-back this summer

Anfield Pitch

Lorenzo Melgarejo looks set to complete a loan move to Liverpool. Is it the perfect deal from The Reds?

Liverpool seem to have finally come up with a solution to their left-back issues ahead of the new season. The position has been an area of concern all summer for Brendan Rodgers, but he can now hope that his new recruit will fill the void.

The man tasked with this role is Paraguayan Lorenzo Melgarejo - and I hope that his name is easier to say then it is to spell.

The loan signing has not yet been confirmed, but its wide reporting would lead us to believe it is in the process of completion - in the final stages if you will.

He will arrive for one year and, if he impresses, sign on a permanent transfer for £7 million next summer.

While any deal will also depend on him obtaining a work permit we figured we should take a look at the player - to see what Liverpool are getting.

And it is a mixed bag.

You can see why Rodgers would want him in at the club. This is certainly a full-back who prefers to join the attack in comparison to track back defensively.

And while his bold style of play is swashbucklingly entertaining - it can cause serious problems defensively.

Which brings me to my point - at the end of last season Melgarejo was dropped from the Benfica line-up.

After a string of mistakes began costing the Portuguese outfit points in the season run-in, he found himself out of the team.

In fact his inclusion in the starting line-up of the Europa League final against Chelsea was a surprise in itself - and he was hauled off after the hour.

He is a very talented player - of that there is no doubt - but defensively he is a worry and Liverpool shipping goals is the last thing they need.

Which is why Liverpool have pulled off an excellent deal by bringing him in on loan originally. This way, the player is essentially on a season long trial period.

If he looks like he fits the bill and is improving his defensive game - they snap him up for £7 million.

If not - they send him packing.

A stroke of transfer genius if you ask me, and I am an Everton fan.

Do you think the Melgarejo deal is good business for Liverpool?

image: © Ben Sutherland

Register for LIVERPOOL team updates

Register for HITC Sport - Daily Dispatch