Despite spending over £100m since taking charge of Liverpool in January 2011, Kenny Dalglish has found it increasingly difficult to acquire a left back.
With Paul Konchesky’s Anfield nightmare finally resolved, Fabio Aurelio is the only senior left back at the club. Whilst he is a very good player, his injury problems mean he cannot be trusted to hold down the position for a whole season. Jack Robinson is the only other available left back, but at the tender age of 17, he isn’t quite ready to fill the role on a regular basis. Dalglish was even forced to play the likes of Glen Johnson and Daniel Agger in an unfamiliar position last season in order to plug the hole.
Unfortunately, there doesn’t seem to be a wealth of world class left backs, and those that are around seem determined to play in Europe. Gael Clichy, a superb signing at just £7m, decided to join Manchester City due to their involvement in next season’s Champions League. For weeks, speculation was also rife that the Reds would be signing Benfica full back Fabio Coentrao, but he has since moved to Real Madrid for big money.
The two left backs most recently linked with a move to L4 are Newcastle’s Jose Enrique and Lyon’s Aly Cissokho. Both are relatively young, 25 and 23 respectively, and would provide good quality going forward with their pace and delivery. With the acquisition of Stuart Downing from Aston Villa, either full back could form a lethal left side partnership – a prospect which would leave Andy Carroll drooling.
Crucially, the price tag of either would be considerably lower than the €30m paid by Madrid for Coentrao and may even allow Dalglish to make further signings to strengthen the squad.
Whoever Dalglish decides upon will need to slot into the set up quickly, which may sway Dalglish in the favour of Enrique, due to his experience in the English game. And whatever the decision, it is critical that Liverpool sign a specialist left back this summer.
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