Liverpool manager Jürgen Klopp
Reds boss Jürgen Klopp is expected to go big during this summer's transfer window, but it could be the strengthening of a less fashionable position with a more unheralded name as a potential target that proves to be his most important piece of business.
Liverpool have struggled at left-back this lesson, and despite the admirable performances of James Milner when filling in, he never has been or never will be a full-back, leading to a lack in positional acumen on more than one occasion.
With his in mind, the acquisition of a top-class left-back will surely feature highly on Klopp's agenda this summer, as he looks to guide his side to a sustained challenge for the Premier League title next season.
And the Merseyside outfit should make a move for Chelsea left-back Nathan Ake, who is unlikely to receive much game-time next term at Stamford Bridge.
The 22-year-old spent the first-half of this season on loan at Bournemouth, and really impressed with his highly energetic displays down the Cherries' left flank. His loan was cut short, however, when Antonio Conte recalled him back to the Blues in January.
Nathan Ake during his loan spell with Bournemouth
Following his return to London, however, the Dutchman played just two Premier League games, which seemed to defeat the object of the Italian bringing him back.
Ake will surely be looking for regular first-team action next term, and the Reds should take advantage of this situation by making an offer to Chelsea this summer.
The 22-year-old has all the attributes needed to be successful in a side managed by the former Borussia Dortmund boss. He is quick, hungry, willing to learn, and plays with a tenacious style that would instantly endear him to the Kop.
Chelsea's Willian celebrates with David Luiz and Nathan Ake
Ake will not come cheap, however, with the Mirror claiming that Bournemouth were prepared to sign both the Dutchman and Asmir Begovic for a combined fee of £40 million.
The Bosnian has already made his way to the Vitality Stadium, and was valued at around £15 million, so the 22-year-old left-back could cost Liverpool somewhere in the region of £25 million.
In today's inflated transfer market though, that would offer good value for the Reds, and Klopp should not hesitate to bring him to Anfield.
Chelsea's Nathan Ake in action