Dylan Gerstley discusses what it would mean if Liverpool don’t continue with summer recruitment plans.
The preseason match against Chelsea ended in a loss for the reds and has angered supporters as almost none are satisfied with the current squad.
Jurgen Klopp has come out and claimed that no new signings will arrive at Anfield, though the German concedes that the season begins in August and injuries and performances could play a part in determining if new signings are needed.
This is shocking for several reasons. For starters, Alberto Moreno has looked out of sorts for months and even though he carries a love for the club, at some point performances have to take precedence. The speedy, diminutive Spaniard lacks a solid defensive side to his game and it was plain to see against Chelsea. Fans are fed up and in fairness, Moreno has had his chance to impress and has failed to do so. The general consensus is to have Liverpool sign a new left back.
Klopp does not seem to agree. If the celebrated manager has failed to notice Moreno’s shortcomings by this point, then there is definitely no new left back on the way. Brad Smith has completed a move to Bournemouth and the depth in this position is getting increasingly thin and alarming. The signing of Ragnar Klavan could prove more shrewd than originally thought. The experienced defensive veteran can play left back and once the injury issues at center back are sorted, maybe Klavan will line up as a left back.
Klavan has already impressed fans with his silky, composed nature on the ball and he could be an interesting option. The natural center back is not as polished or inventive in attack as Moreno, but his experience and defensive ability would be enough to warrant an experiment in the lineup. Already, reports have revealed that he is a hard worker in training and eager to impress the coaches and make the starting lineup.
Another explanation for Klopp’s proclamation is that the club are finally moving with a bit of stealth. Too often, stories have broken and circulated about who the club are after only for the move to fall through as the player in question moves to another club for money. Remember Alex Teixiera?
This could actually be a genius move by the German and the club’s hierarchy. Secrecy goes a long way in keeping prices low and other clubs away. Expectations are also lowered by the fans for quiet moves. Nobody expects much of Klavan, mostly because his singing was swift and unexpected and no debate raged over his quality or lack thereof. The same cannot be said of Wijnaldum whose transfer was mooted and heavily debated. Expectations are very high and so was the fee.
Whatever Klopp feels, the fact remains that Moreno is the only natural left back at the club. His defensive fragility is nearing inexcusable and if the German is serious about challenging for silverware this season, then the defense needs sorting, and quickly. A signing would go a long way in appeasing the fans and providing competition and quality for the left fullback position. The comments could very well be a clever guise for dealings occurring secret but that fact remains, a left back is needed to facelift the defense.
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