Why signing this left-back is essential for Liverpool

Alberto Moreno Perez

It is a position that urgently needs addressing.

Out of Liverpool’s transfer dealings so far, chasing Sevilla’s Alberto Moreno and Southampton’s Adam Lallana are the two closest they have to come to having a saga so far this summer.

Having already secured the signing of Rickie Lambert from Southampton, along with a deal in principle for Bayer Leverkusen’s Emre Can, Moreno seems to be next on the list – and he comes across as the most pivotal transfer target for the Reds to land so far, if not for their entire summer.

Why? Well, we’ve all heard about Liverpool’s defence leaking 50 goals in the Premier League alone last season, and there have been a significant number of people pointing to that as to why they fell short in the title race, even if the challenge was unexpected.

But left-back has been a problem area for quite some time for Liverpool. Though Jose Enrique has looked solid in the couple of seasons he has taken up the role since he joined from Newcastle United in 2011, until his arrival it didn’t look a settled position for the best part of 10 years.

During that time Jamie Carragher, Djimi Traore, John Arne Riise, Fabio Aurelio, Andrea Dossena, Emiliano Insua, Aly Cissokho and most recently Jon Flanagan have had fairly lengthy spells in that role – and there have been others who have filled in as well.

Liverpool’s defence needs tightening up, not only that but it needs to be a lot more settled than it was during the last campaign and have a long-term solution in what has become a problematic full-back area.

Some will say that Jose Enrique has been the answer to that, but after a knee injury that has kept him sidelined, it is uncertain whether he will be able to reach the same level required by Brendan Rodgers week in, week out.

At the age of 21, there is a real chance for Moreno to establish himself long-term at the solution to one of Liverpool’s problematic positions should he make the switch from the Europa League winners.

Not only that, but it would allow Jon Flanagan to focus on pushing for a place in his favoured position on the right flank, with there still a little bit of uncertainty over the future of Glen Johnson, though speculation on the right-back’s future seems to have died down in recent weeks.

Some will suggest that centre-backs are the problem area for Liverpool after last season, but at the moment there are still four experienced players who can play that position, with two of them having only spent one season at the club. It seems as though one centre-back could improve that position along with a lot of work on the training ground.

The question now for Liverpool is will Moreno sign? Fans and club officials alike will hope this doesn’t become a long-running saga and a business will be concluded swiftly one way or the other.

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