Liverpool’s double-raid for 21-year-olds could see unexpected change

If Liverpool are successful in their reported pursuit of Serge Aurier and Alberto Moreno, they could play one or both in an unexpected position.

If reports are to be believed, Liverpool could follow up their £4million signing of Rickie Lambert with a swoop for two young full-backs.

Alberto Moreno has been linked with the Reds for some time, and the Sevilla left-back could be a Liverpool player by the end of the week according to stories in Spain.

But the link to Toulouse right-back Serge Aurier is rather more surprising, with Brendan Rodgers’ side tipped to beat Arsenal to the Ivorian’s signature.

Both signings would be good for Liverpool, but the duo’s arrival would also raise questions as to who will play where next season and beyond.

With Jon Flanagan proving to be an effective option on either flank and Glen Johnson still at the club – at least for now – there simply is not enough space for four full-backs in Rodgers’ starting XI. Or is there?

The fact that Moreno can play anywhere on the left side, including on the left-wing, suggests his arrival could in part solve more than one problem. While Aurier may regularly play at right-back but he can also play both as a centre-back and on the right-wing.

In short, Rodgers would not be bringing in men only attune to one position. 

There have been question marks over Liverpool’s defensive unit for a while, and Aurier could be asked to forge a central defensive pairing with Mamadou Sakho which, given their age, could blossom into something very effective indeed.

Even if Johnson does leave this summer, Moreno and Aurier will not want to move to a club where they are not first-choice, and Flanagan has already made himself indispensable.

So while one or both mooted moves may fail to materialise, if Rodgers does bring Moreno and Aurier to Anfield, they may be featuring – at least on occasions – in a position some fans will not currently expect.

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