The one player Liverpool must sign before the opening day of the season

Ricardo Rodriguez

The start of the Premier League season is less than one month away - who do Liverpool need to sign before the campaign kicks off?

Liverpool were agonisingly close to clinching their first Premier League title last season, but two results ultimately cost them and allowed Manchester City to swoop in and claim the crown; losing 2-0 to Chelsea and drawing 3-3 with Crystal Palace - the latter of which saw a shocking collapse from being 3-0 up with ten minutes to play.

Gauging how the Reds will fare next term is difficult. They've lost star striker Luis Suarez to Barcelona in a £75m deal, but manager Brendan Rodgers has brought in Southampton duo Rickie Lambert and Adam Lallana, Bayer Leverkusen midfielder Emre Can and Benfica winger Lazar Markovic.

Rodgers will seemingly continue to pursue deals for Fiorentina goalkeeper Neto, Southampton centre back Dejan Lovren and QPR striker Loic Remy as he looks to add depth to his squad ahead of their Champions League campaign, but one of the big problem areas for Liverpool heading into the new season is who will play at left back.

A season-ending injury to Jose Enrique last season left right backs Glen Johnson and Jon Flanagan to fill in, and the club must snap up a new long-term left back before the start of the season. Sevilla's Alberto Moreno has been Rodgers' primary target, but the two clubs have struggled to agree a deal - and instead, Rodgers should move for Wolfsburg's Ricardo Rodriguez.

The Swiss international, 21, impressed at the World Cup this summer, and has already attracted interest from Manchester United this summer, and is valued at around £12m by the Bundesliga club. Rodriguez has excellent delivery into the box and proved himself to be adequate defensively too - and with his best football ahead of him, Liverpool could land their left back of the future.

In a young and vibrant Liverpool team, Rodriguez is the ideal player to come in on the left hand side and support the attack - and would be a better signing than another reported Reds target Ben Davies from Swansea City.

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