James Milner’s replacement – Liverpool intent on AS Monaco’s Benjamin Mendy

James Milner's replacement - Liverpool intent on AS Monaco's Benjamin Mendy

According to reports, Liverpool are looking at signing AS Monaco’s Benjamin Mendy this summer with left-back proving to be a real issue for Jürgen Klopp this season.

Klopp dropped natural fullback Alberto Moreno to the bench after one game against Arsenal this season and ever since, James Milner has been the Reds’ left-back.

Actually, I’m not totally convinced that it’s fair to call Moreno a natural fullback as his natural instinct is to bomb forward without the intention of dropping back to defend. For this reason, precisely, Klopp hasn’t relied on the Spaniard at all this season – except for a few cup games here and there.

As per Gianluca Di Marzio, Klopp has entered the race to sign Benjamin Mendy this summer. With the intention of bolstering his squad ahead of a season with European football, Klopp will reportedly challenge Chelsea and Manchester City for Mendy’s signature.

Along with Ryan Sessegnon, Mendy is a primary transfer target for Klopp and, on the left side of defence, would revolutionise Liverpool’s way of defending. It has been several years since a top left-back has played at Anfield with Fabio Aurelio’s career succumbing to injury and John Arne Riise not having played for the club since Rafa Benitez was at the club.

With reports indicating that Klopp has also made Virgil Van Dijk a top priority, a back four of Nathaniel Clyne, Jöel Matip, Van Dijk and Mendy would be top notch. Signing the latter two would not be easy or cost-effective but it’s something that Liverpool desperately needs.

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With ambitions of silverware, Klopp has to fix his backline and benching Dejan Lovren and signing a new left-back are sure-fire ways of doing that.

Liverpool will not make any attempt to sign Ryan Sessegnon until a move has been made for Mendy. That being said, with Chelsea interested, the Reds will face stiff competition for his signature with Antonio Conte looking to provide a challenge for Marcos Alonso’s position at left wing-back.

If the reason for Chelsea signing Mendy is for the Frenchman to fulfil a squad role then I believe that Liverpool stands a good chance of signing the powerful defender. Coming off the back of a brilliant season with Monaco, Mendy won’t have any intentions of spending time on the bench.

Signing Mendy this summer could be as important as signing a 25-goal-striker given Liverpool’s issues at the back and it’s something Klopp needs to get done as early as possible.

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