Jack Frankham discusses who should be Liverpool’s resident left-back for this season.
Liverpool had a great need for defensive reinforcements last season which prompted several signings this summer. Jurgen Klopp has bought in Joel Matip from Germany who excelled in the Bundesliga for a number of seasons, as well as Ragnar Klavan – much to the surprise of most fans. He’s proved to be a straightforward and no-nonsense defender and has also proved that he’s a natural leader on the pitch.
The most necessary signing had to be a left-back to come in for Alberto Moreno’s place in the starting XI. A failed bid for England under-21 Ben Chiwell came as a surprise but Liverpool didn’t think that the asking price that Leicester were demanding was reasonable.
Therefore, Liverpool looked for other options, but according to the club, there wasn’t the ‘perfect’ left-back out there on the market. The loan move for Flanagan and the permanent deal for Brad Smith to Bournemouth led to problems in the full-back area. It was clear that a defender was needed on the left flank, but Klopp has a different opinion on what we need in a defender.
It seemed almost certain that a new addition on the left side of defence would come in due to Alberto Moreno’s bad form, but it wasn’t to be. For the past two games, James Milner has started in defence and has done a solid job so far.
He’s a favourite for Jürgen Klopp who always seems to pick James Milner and Adam Lallana; their names seem be the first on the team sheet. It is reported that Milner turned down thirteen different clubs before joining Liverpool last summer.
He has explained that his decision to join the Reds was purely based on the promise of a role in central midfield; he was offered this by Rodgers. Milner has played in that position occasionally since the departure of Brendan Rodgers in October. With the attitude he has, he’s clearly shown that the team comes first and even if he doesn’t have a good game at the left-back role.
He always puts his full effort into the games he plays, he’s a true professional on the pitch and a leader.
Moreno, on the other hand, isn’t a fan favourite at the club and his future at the club seems uncertain. Jürgen Klopp believes that every player deserves a second chance. Moreno brings pace going forward but a lack of concentration at the back thwarts his natural attacking flair.
Personally Moreno should be used further up the pitch, this benefits his dynamic speed and quick agility.
Therefore, James Milner should start as left-back for Liverpool because he doesn’t just bring professionalism to the side. The former Manchester City player is also direct and intelligent when going forward. He’s a smart player to have in a team, he works very hard and shows his desire to fight for the badge. You need that in a winning side.
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