According to The Mirror, Ryan Bertrand will be on the move this summer with Chelsea and Liverpool both interested in signing the English fullback.
Yes, you read that correctly. Liverpool has been linked with the signature of yet another Southampton player. The Reds could, for the first time, sign two Saints players in one transfer window with Virgil Van Dijk highly touted to make the switch from the South Coast to Merseyside.
Since leaving Chelsea in 2012 in search of regular game time, Ryan Bertrand has established himself as one of the most efficient left backs in England. Not only defensively sound, the rapid defender is also an asset as an auxiliary attacker and is well-known for his marauding runs up and down the left-hand of the pitch.
According to John Cross of The Mirror, Bertrand has told his teammates that he intends to leave this summer. This has caught the attention of both Chelsea and Liverpool with the latter well known for courting Southampton players.
This season, in the absence of a competent left back, James Milner has run the line for Liverpool. Alberto Moreno was dropped after the first game of the season in which the Spaniard put in a terrible defensive performance away to Arsenal. The former Sevilla man gave away a penalty with a rash tackle on Theo Walcott and was caught in possession on multiple occasions.
Many Liverpool supporters have expressed the opinion on social media that left back is not Moreno’s best position and that he would be better served playing as a left wing for Liverpool. That’s another discussion for another time but it’s certainly worth discussing in greater detail.
With James Milner heading into the latter stages of his career at 31 years of age, Jürgen Klopp needs to sign a new left back in order to ensure that the Reds don’t get caught shorthanded in the case of an injury to Milner.
Signing Bertrand would be very astute by Liverpool as it would guarantee that left back would be covered for the next five years at least. At just 27 years of age, the Englishman is entering his prime and can provide Liverpool with a source of reliability, similar to the way Nathaniel Clyne does.
Chelsea, according to The Mirror, wants to reinforce their wingback options and would like to re-sign Bertrand but I find it unlikely that he would be happy to sit on the bench having left in order to play more regularly.
Signing both Van Dijk and Bertrand from Southampton wouldn’t be cheap as far as Liverpool is concerned, but it would certainly fix two of the biggest problems that have troubled the Reds this season.