According to reports Liverpool are considering offering a trial to Seattle Sounders right-back DeAndre Yedlin.
He may not be a familiar name to many, but the USA international shone at this summer’s World Cup and looks destined for a move from the MLS in the near future.
The Metro has picked up on claims from the United States that Brendan Rodgers is interested in giving the 20-year-old a trial this summer, with the option of signing him before the transfer window closes.
But given Yedlin’s position on the pitch, what could Liverpool’s reported interest mean for two of their current stars?
Jon Flanagan’s emergence last season suggested he will be the Reds’ right-back of choice for many years to come, and yet his versatility means that until a suitable left-back is signed Flanagan could find his time split between opposite flanks.
Then there is Johnson, who has previously stated his desire to remain at Anfield and yet whose contract looks no closer to being extended.
The older of the two right-backs has been linked with a summer exit, and if Yedlin were to arrive, that would look far more likely.
The USA star may be only 20, but he showed in Brazil that he has what it takes to compete with the best. And as an understudy to Flanagan he could still be given game-time in which to acclimatise to the Premier League.
If the Reds sign a new left-back Flanagan is likely to play regularly in his natural position. But there is also another option, with Rodgers seemingly intent to not pay over the odds for the likes of Alberto Moreno.
Yedlin may be fast-tracked into the Reds’ first-team while Flanagan is turned into a make-shift left-back. After all, he excelled there at times last season.
Either way, if Yedlin were to arrive, Johnson would surely be on his way or risk missing out on games as he approaches the final few years of his top-flight career.