The saga regarding a new defender who will replenish the weakest sector of LFC in the last season, the left-back position, is still to be addressed in this summer transfer market. Few rumors about the available options are coming up intensely lately and four names with the biggest possibility of joining LFC next season are being mooted.
Starting from the least possible, the players are Fabio Coentrao from Benfica, Aly Cissokho from Olympique Lyon, Jose Enrique from Newcastle United, and Gael Clichy from Arsenal. These are the players who have been heavily linked with LFC since the end of this bitter season especially for Jose Enrique and Gael Clichy. I personally believe that the option will be narrowed into these two players because Fabio Coentrao is too expensive (and prefers a move to Real Madrid) and Cissokho is a player which I have barely heard of.
Enrique and Clichy are two players who are more familiar and experienced in playing at the top level of English football. A quality which is vehemently needed to make sure that we are not going to repeat the same mistake, to buy ‘another Paul Konchesky’ who is poor in defense, ineffectual on attacking phase, and the most important is that he has no mentality to compete in the highest level of English football.
In my paradigm, an ideal full back for LFC should have the capability to support the winger on giving a constant threat toward the opponent’s defense and also ability to be disciplined on guarding the defense zone. He should have good anticipation, tackling, concentration, acceleration, and stamina in order to undergo his role both in defensive and offensive phase. The role of a full back can be mentioned as very important especially to oversee the balance and the rhythm of the playing style of LFC which has been transformed into a team which has quickness, effectiveness, and efficiency on playing football under the regime of King Kenny.