Six Potential Alberto Moreno Replacements at Liverpool
Liverpool could be relegated with Alberto Moreno at left-back.
The words of Garth Crooks after the Spaniard’s dismal performance against Arsenal may have been hyperbolic but there’s a growing sense that Jurgen Klopp must sign a left-back to ensure any realistic ambitions of glory this season.
James Milner may be utilised as a short-term measure and the promising Joe Gomez is a long-term option when he returns from injury. Nevertheless, Liverpool fans are eager that Klopp makes a move before the transfer window slams shut to address this problem area. But who could he sign?
The Swiss international seems the perfect option for Liverpool – defensively solid allied with an attacking threat.
The Wolfsburg defender, who has been linked with Arsenal in the past, has a reported £19 million buy-out clause which would represent a bargain in the current stratospheric transfer market.
The youngster has been repeatedly linked with Liverpool, even before he made his debut for Leicester City.
The 19-year-old spent a loan spell last season at Huddersfield Town under Klopp’s friend David Wagner, but has recently signed a new five-year deal with The Foxes.
Klopp has already plundered the Bundesliga for Joel Matip, Loris Karius, Ragnar Klavan and Alex Manninger and it would be no surprise to see him return for the FC Koln left-back.
However the German international – who has also been linked with Chelsea – recently penned a new five-year deal – but a bid of £20 million may suffice to tempt Koln to part with the 26-year-old.
The Portuguese defender has found it difficult to dislodge Marcelo from the left-back berth at Real Madrid and spent last season on loan at Monaco.
A similar temporary move may suit, and the 28-year-old can also operate in a more attacking role, which would suit Klopp’s philosophy.
Klopp insists his full-backs are as strong offensively as they are defensively and the Republic of Ireland star may be a, excuse the pun, left-field option.
Relegated Norwich City reportedly slapped a £20 million price tag on the Dubliner’s head, a fee which seemed to thwart a move to Leicester City.
The 24-year-old’s attacking prowess and set piece abilities would be a bonus but Norwich City are said to be in no rush to sell a player who could be critical to clinching promotion back to the Premier League.
Hull City’s opening day win against champions Leicester City helped lift the doom and gloom around the KCOM Stadium somewhat. The loss of their promising Scottish full-back, however, would further enrage discontented fans.
A spokesman has said that the club would “not welcome a move” for the 22-year-old but money talks and Hull have already sold one of their best players Mohamed Diame to Newcastle United.
Liverpool were linked with the Scot earlier in the transfer window and may make a move now after Moreno’s opening weekend performance.