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Liverpool Squad Solutions – Right-Back

In the latest instalment of Liverpool Squad Solutions @callumsanderson brings the right-back position under the microscope.

It’s crazy to think Liverpool went into the season with two out-and-out right-backs in Trent Alexander-Arnold and Nathaniel Clyne.

Fast-forward to today and it might be the position with the least amount of depth.

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In fact, seven players have started at least one game this season as Liverpool’s right-back.

Trent seems to have locked up the starting role and Clyne is rumoured to be in search of a summer move. Joe Gomez is a natural centre-back and is not a viable long-term option. So what is Klopp planning for the future.

The current situation

Trent Alexander-Arnold broke on to the scene at Anfield last season and hasn’t looked back since.

His form and performances have been so good it has forced Clyne to temporarily move away from Anfield.

Now it would appear that Trent will be Liverpool’s first choice for the considerable future.

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The aforementioned Clyne has seen his Anfield fortunes dwindle. Unsatisfied with being a back up to Trent, Clyne sought pastures new after being limited to two appearances for Liverpool so far this season.

His loan move to Bournemouth created an uproar among sections of Liverpool fans, but will he be back at Anfield for the start of next season or will he be gone permanently?

Academy youngsters

Liverpool have up and coming right-backs in the youth ranks.
Corey Whelan is a regular for the U-23s and Neco Williams is a marauding right-back with great energy and attacking prowess with a potentially bright future.

Rafa Camacho has also played at right-back for the Klopp, but it would appear that the winger turned full-back isn’t happy in Merseyside.

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Then there’s Liverpool’s most recent young debutant, Ki-Jana Hoever. Could he a deputy to Trent next season?

He has impressed with his appearances with the first team this season. If he can continue to turn heads in preseason, he may feature more next year.

Transfer options

Gone are the days when there were a plethora of world-class right-backs in the form of Lahm, Alves, Zambrotta, Cafu and Zanetti.

However, there is still some excellent talent out there that could entice Klopp to make a move in the summer.

Djibril Sidibe

Monaco used to be one of the French League’s biggest clubs but has recently failed to recapture that magic.

Last season Liverpool acquired the services of Fabinho, could they now look at his former teammate Sidibe?

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The French international has not hit the same heights of previous seasons but he’s still a quality player.

Strong in the tackle and aggressive going forward, he could be brilliant competition for Trent.

Aaron Wan-Bissaka

Perhaps no one has mirrored Trent’s trajectory like Crystal Palace’s Wan-Bissaka.

The Londoner has risen to prominence and is having a brilliant season. He has made more successful tackles than any other player in the Premier League this season.

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Given his history as a winger, he is effective going forward. Could he provide a challenge for Trent?

Matt Doherty

The last time Liverpool had an Irishman in the team was Steve Finnan. And guess what, he was a right-back too.

Could the Wolves right-back emulate of Finnan and join Liverpool?

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Doherty has been extremely consistent for Wolves and could be tempted to follow in the footsteps of 18 past Republic of Ireland players and don the famous red jersey.

Ricardo Pereira

One of Leicester City’s best performers this season has been their right-back, Ricard Pereira.

He’s equally adept in his attacking and defensive output. Rodgers could very well get the best out of him, which could put him in the window for other clubs like Liverpool.

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Will the Portuguese international be what Klopp is looking for this summer?

What should Klopp do?

Should he get a player who’ll be a deputy to Trent, a player who could rotate with him or someone to take his position?

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Could this allow Trent to transition back into midfield?

What do you think Kaiser Klopp should do about Liverpool’s right-back situation before the start of next season?

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