The second instalment of @callumsanderson ‘Liverpool Squad Solutions’ series focuses on the club’s left-back problem.
Andy Robertson is arguably the best left-back in the Premier League and is one of the best in Europe.Embed from Getty Images
Others will argue in favour of Manchester City’s Benjamin Mendy, and while he might edge out Robertson in the attacking aspect of being a left-back, Mendy’s defending sometimes leaves a lot to be desired.
Andy Robertson is extremely balanced and consistent. He is one of the reasons Liverpool have the best defensive record this season.
While it is brilliant that Liverpool have Robertson, there is a huge talent dropoff with his understudy.
The current situation
Andy Robertson is unlikely to be replaced as Liverpool’s starting left-back.
This has been realised by Alberto Moreno who lost his place to Robertson last season following an injury and has been unable to regain form.
Moreno is likely to move on from Liverpool at the end of the season following a five-year stint at the Reds.
With Moreno moving on it leaves Liverpool looking thin in this position so what will Klopp decide to do next?
Promote from within
Adam Lewis is one of Liverpool’s most exciting young talents and guess what, he’s a left-back.Embed from Getty Images
The 19-year-old has been at the Liverpool Academy since U6 level and will be looking to make the step up.
Could Lewis emulate Trent Alexander-Arnold’s successful transition to the first team? Time will tell.
Buy a new left-back
If Liverpool and Klopp decide to purchase a new left-back, it is unlikely going to be someone who’ll displace Robertson.
Instead, it would be to offer rotation. Here are a few options.
Yep, another Southampton player. Bertrand offers experience, good defensive attributes and a potentially low transfer fee.
Bertrand is also a dependable option to start a few games should Roberston get injured.Embed from Getty Images
The German left-back is almost a forgotten man after he was linked with Liverpool almost three years ago.
It looked like Hector was on his way out of FC Koln after his beloved club suffered relegation. But he decided to stay and showed immense loyalty.
He could be a solid option if Klopp is able to work his magic and convince him to sign for the Reds.
Another player often linked with a move to Merseyside is Fulham’s Ryan Sessegnon.Embed from Getty Images
The Cottager’s starlet is able to play left back or left wing. Exactly the type of versatility Klopp looks for in a player.
Sessegnon is still young and is more likely to accept a backseat to Roberston. This mentorship would only help him develop as a player.
His ability to operate further up the pitch would also allow Klopp to rotate Mohamed Salah or Sadio Mane. Both of whom have been forced to play a lot of games this season.
Have your say
Should Liverpool promote from within or should they go out into the market and purchase competition for Robertson?