Michael Mongie provides three alternatives to the disappointing Alberto Moreno at left back.
Liverpool are heading into the 2016/17 season with only one recognised left back in the squad. Unfortunately, this left back is Alberto Moreno.
I am sure that you have read a thousand articles about Moreno’s ineptitude but it is difficult to make a case for the diminutive Spaniard to have a long term future in the Liverpool side given the last two years he has had on Merseyside.
There have been many fullbacks linked with moves to Anfield this summer and it is staggering that there has been little to no real effort to actually sign any of them. This transfer window has seen an influx of signings with seven new arrivals and yet not one is a natural left-back.
The Switzerland international is a player that would solve a few of Liverpool’s issues in one go.
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Since Steven Gerrard left the club there has been a huge absence of real quality from set pieces. The legendary Liverpool captain was a magician from dead-ball situations and on countless occasions a goal was created from his ability to create, provide or score directly from a set piece.
Rodriguez would be a player who could bring this facet of the game back to Anfield. I cannot be the only person who has grown tired of seeing James Milner cross the ball into the box and barely clear the first man.
Not only would Rodriguez bring his set piece brilliance but also solidity in defence which Alberto Moreno just does not seem to provide.
What would Jonas Hector bring to Liverpool I hear you ask? Just good old German efficiency. Hector is by no means defensively or offensively brilliant but what he does provide is guaranteed defensive cover. When he gets forward he always has the presence of mind to track back which is something which escapes Liverpool’s Spanish fullback.
Should he join Liverpool he would become part of the growing German speaking contingent at the club with five of Liverpool’s signing this summer all possessing a working knowledge of German.
Hector has been continuously linked with Liverpool with a fee said to be in the region of £20 million.
There were rumours circulating a few weeks ago that Liverpool were interested in Aston Villa’s Jordan Amavi. He’d certainly fit right in given his susceptibility to injury.
All jokes aside, when the 22 year old was fit last season he was one of the brightest fullbacks in the league with his aggression and defensive mindset prompting many to question his playing for Aston Villa.
He would be very welcome at Liverpool given his desire to work hard and get stuck in.