Why Liverpool should hijack any deal for 1 goal, 6 assists left-back

Manchester City's Aleksandar Kolarov has been linked with a trio of clubs today.

One of the areas of the Liverpool squad Brendan Rodgers will have to improve in the summer is left-back.

A long term injury to Jose Enrique meant Aly Cissokho was given the chance to fill in on the left hand side of defence and the Frenchman’s inconsistency has seen players used out of position to patch up the back four.

The solution could come in the form of one of Liverpool’s Premier League rivals; Manchester City.

A report on Goal.com today has suggested that three clubs (Juventus, Napoli and Galatasaray) are all considering moves for City left-back Aleksandar Kolarov.

The interest suggests that the 28-year-old Serbian could be vulnerable to a move away from City in the summer and Liverpool are an obvious club that could join the race to sign him, especially if they finish with Champions League football.

Liverpool would have to pay big for the privilege of signing an extremely experienced, competent and attacking left-back who could help to balance out their back four, as there have been rumblings in other reports that Manuel Pellegrini wants to keep him beyond 2015 when his City deal expires.

So why should Liverpool bother when there are plenty of other left-back options they could go after?

To begin with, Kolarov knows the Premier League well and he has Champions League experience which will be important for any player coming in at Liverpool this summer.

He’s an attacking full back who likes to get forward and cross, in fact no other defender in City’s back four this season has attempted more crosses and that creates width on a side where Liverpool don’t use a winger consistently.

PlayerClubPosTotal CrossAppsMins
Aleksandar Kolarov Man City DF 86 21 1,404
Pablo Zabaleta Man City DF 55 23 1,999
Gaël Clichy Man City DF 26 14 1,120
Dedryck Boyata Man City DF 2 1 55
Vincent Kompany Man City DF 2 17 1,455
Micah Richards Man City DF 1 2 161

His presence would also create knock on effects for the rest of the team. Liverpool have several players who are at their best through the middle but often start on the left with Daniel Sturridge the perfect example.

It’s a long shot because Kolarov has been an important player for City this season but it’s one which could pay big dividends for Rodgers if he pulls it off.

image: © Vincent Teeuwen

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