Last season it appeared Liverpool had found their right-back for the next decade.
Jon Flanagan had an outstanding campaign for the Reds, starring both in his natural position on the right and on the opposite flank when required. But knee surgery and his subsequent recovery-time means the 21-year-old is yet to feature for his club this season.
Flanagan’s absence has seen Javier Manquillo brought in on loan and Glen Johnson get plenty of action in what is expected to be his final season at Anfield. And yet that has not stopped the rumour mill going slightly crazy and linking the club with two more right-backs.
Apparently it is not enough to have three players in one position now, with Liverpool tipped to move for Benfica’s Maxi Pereira or Barcelona’s Martin Montoya as well.
Pereira is a free agent this summer and reports both in England and Portugal have claimed Liverpool are interested in signing him in January, while Montoya is reportedly allowed to leave the Nou Camp on loan with Anfield a suggested destination.
But has everyone – or at least the people who come up with these rumours – forgotten about Flanagan?
He may currently be side-lined but there is sufficient cover in the form of Johnson and Manquillo while he completes his recovery; and when he returns – fitness permitting – there is no doubt he should be Brendan Rodgers’ undisputed number one.
Bringing in Montoya on loan makes no sense given Manquillo’s own temporary move, while signing Pereira on a longer-term deal would see Flanagan robbed of game-time when he has already proved he deserves it.
Hailed as the English Cafu and championed by that very Brazilian, Flanagan should not be forgotten just because he is briefly out of the limelight.
For that reason the rumours linking Liverpool with new full-backs should be taken with a hefty pinch of salt.