Report: Liverpool have 11 days to decide what to do with full-back Javier Manquillo

The Atletico Madrid loanee has been linked with an early return to the Spanish capital.

It is reported in Spain that Liverpool have until the 15th of July to decide what they are doing with right-back Javier Manquillo. The report, from Marca, claims that Liverpool have 11 days until their option to bring him in for a second year becomes obligatory for a fee of 1 million euros.

It was reported yesterday by Sky Sports that Liverpool were considering cancelling the deal and sending him back to Atleti after an unsuccessful stint on Merseyside.

The Spaniard, who can play at both right and left-back, played just 19 games for the club last season and failed to play after an indifferent performance against Besiktas in the Europa League in February.

Liverpool can either buy the player outright, loan him for another year or send him back to Atleti – who would then loan him out, according to Marca.

Why should Liverpool keep him?

Despite the recent acquisition of Nathaniel Clyne, Liverpool are fairly short of full-back options. They have lost Glen Johnson this summer and Jon Flanagan is set for another lengthy spell on the sidelines.

Alberto Moreno had an up-and-down debut term whilst Jose Enrique can barely keep himself fit. Emre Can has been poor when asked to play at full-back and newbie Joe Gomez is more of a central option. Andre Wisdom has returned from a loan spell at West Brom, but it is hard to see what he offers that Manquillo does not.

Liverpool could cut ties with the Spaniard, but giving him another season to prove his worth seems a no-risk strategy.

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