This summer Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers has confirmed that one area the club has to look at improving their strength in depth, is in the left-back department.
It appears there was contact with Lille over the availability of Lucas Digne earlier in the summer. Digne has since joined Paris-Saint Germain. The club were also said to be keen on snapping up Lorenzo Melgarejo from SL Benfica - but Work Permit issues soon put paid to any approach for the swashbuckling Paraguayan.
Now it appears that Valencia left-back Aly Cissokho is potentially their main target - after the French international himself confirmed he had agreed terms with the Anfield club this week.
But I wonder if they should have snapped up a player, who could potentially be the bargain buy of the summer.
When it became clear, that only West Ham United and Olympique Marseille were interested in the services of Shakhtar Donetsk left-back Razvan Rat, I was shocked.
The experienced full-back is a long-term member of the Shakhtar Donetsk first-team and has therefore accumulated bags of European experience over the years.
Despite turning 32 this summer he is still in great shape, and to sign him for absolutely nothing - it would have been perfect for Brendan Rodgers to bring him in.
Not only is it the fact that no transfer fee would have to be paid, but Rat would also fit in perfectly to the Liverpool team.
At Shakhtar, he has played similar football to what Rodgers is trying to install at Liverpool. An adept passer, who is also a dynamic and attacking player he would fit in perfectly in the Liverpool first-team.
Obviously his age was a worry, but West Ham snapped him up for just one-year and Liverpool could have done the same - then having the flexibility to do with him what they wished in 12 months’ time.
Rat has been one of Europe’s most under-rated full-backs for the past decade, and now West Ham have the pleasure of calling him one of their own.
We just wonder if anyone else should have been loitering.
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