Liverpool's full-back switch made no difference. Recruits required?

Jose Enrique

Liverpool took the decision to replace Jose Enrique with Alberto Moreno at half-time against Basel, but both struggled and reinforcements may be required.

If you believe what you read, then Liverpool have being trying to move Jose Enrique on for some time.

Patience has worn thin with the Spaniard, snapped up from Premier League rivals Newcastle United in 2011.

He has been a regular throughout his time at Anfield when fit, but he has also faced little competition for his place at left-back.

That situation was expected to change over the summer when the Reds invested £12 million in Enrique’s countryman Alberto Moreno.

Neither have convinced this season, though, with Brendan Rodgers seemingly losing faith with both.

He started Enrique in a must-win Champions League clash with Basel on Tuesday, only to haul him off at half-time and send Moreno on in his place.

The tactical rethink made little impact, though, with Opta statistics suggesting that the latter actually offered less to the cause than the man he replaced.

  MatchTotal TackleWon TackleTotal ClearanceInterceptionTouchesDuel WonMins Played
José Enrique Liverpool vs Basel 2 2 2 2 33 3 45
Alberto Moreno Liverpool vs Basel 2 2 0 0 30 3 45

Has the time come for Liverpool to start forcing the issue, formally open themselves up to offers for Enrique and move in a different direction?

Keeping faith with Moreno is a sensible option for now as he is only 22 years of age and still finding his feet in a different country and footballing culture.

Surely, though, there is a short-term fix which could be found, an experienced head that would help to make the Reds a little more assured at the back and provide important guidance for Moreno.

Martin Montoya has been mentioned as a possible January target, but he is a right-back by trade and still relatively inexperienced, so Rodgers may have to turn his attention to the domestic market if he is to find suitable cover.

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