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Liverpool: Four Alternatives to Glen Johnson at Right-Back

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Glen Johnson's performances in a Liverpool shirt have deteriorated. Here are four solutions to the growing right-back problem at Anfield.

According to rumours across Europe involving the Anfield side, Brendan Rodgers won't be so much dipping his toe into the tranfer market this summer as holding his nose and plunging in with his pockets full.

Glen Johnson my be England's first choice and a more than capable servant to the Reds, but his overall contribution to the side waned in 2013/14. His decision-making abilities in the final third and all-round defensive capabilities coming into question regularly despite his wealth of experience at the highest levels of the game.

Opta stats with regard to successful tackles, blocks and assists (below) show a gradual decline in Johnson's performances even though Liverpool have improved markedly in the same period. However, bear in mind Johnson was injured for part of last season.

  ClubPosGoal AssistBlocked CrossTotal TackleAppsMins
Glen Johnson Liverpool DF 4 14 90 36 3,224
  ClubPosGoal AssistBlocked CrossTotal TackleAppsMins
Glen Johnson Liverpool DF 2 13 64 29 2,521

Here are four practical solutions Brendan Rodgers could use next season..

Jon Flanagan

The simplest alternative for Rodgers to use instead of Glen Johnson is Jon Flanagan. The defender has thrived down either side of the defence this season, comfortable at right or left-back.

Serge Aurier

Arsene Wenger wants him to be the natural successor to Bacary Sagna at Arsenal. However, Rodgers could try robbing a player of Aurier's undoubted class from under a rival's nose after all his prime targets were taken from him last summer (Willian and Henrikh Mkhitaryan to name just two).

Aurier is a world-class right-back and accomplished central defender with oodles of pace, techinal efficiency in spades and the kind of maturity and speed of thought which allows him to make the right decisions in the most pressurised situations. If Liverpool can win the race for his signature it will represent a big coup for the Northern Irishman.

Mathieu Debuchy

Liverpool prised their first-choice left-back Jose Enrique away from Newcastle and could look to do the same in the case of the Toon's Frenchman. Debuchy, after a rocky start in the PL, demonstrated class and guile on a regular basis for Newcastle despite their torrid end of season run and is currently interesting Paris Saint Germain. Liverpool will need to be quick and flash the right cash for a player they know can perform in the fast-paced Premier League.

Yuto Nagatomo

Could be prised away from Inter Milan with the promise of Champions League football and has all the qualities of a marauding full-back. A certain star of the Japanese team at the World cup in Brazil, Nagatomo has awesome pace, fantastic stamina and patrols the flank with vigour and uses the football intelligently. He's surely worth considering.

 

 

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