According to reports, Liverpool’s need for a left-back could lead them to move for Manchester United’s out of favour Luke Shaw.
Traditionally, players don’t make the switch between Liverpool and Manchester or vice versa but the Reds’ need for a capable left-back could lead Jürgen Klopp to move for Luke Shaw this summer.
The biggest source of frustration for Liverpool supporters’ towards the tail-end of the 2016/17 season was the complete lack of quality on offer to Klopp at left-back. The German is not entirely blameless as he decided to forego the opportunity to sign an actual fullback last summer and instead chose to play James Milner there.
While his experiment paid off at first for Liverpool, with the Englishman displaying admirable versatility. His lack of positional sense, however, was exposed as soon as Liverpool’s third game of the season and just his second outing against Tottenham when Eric Dier was allowed to run in behind and deliver a cross for Danny Rose to equalise at White Hart Lane.
Milner wasn’t criticised as much as he should have been in that game as his penalty in the first half won Liverpool a point. The fact that Dier was marginally offside is irrelevant when you consider that Milner was completely unaware of his run in behind.
With Milner, a winger turned midfielder turned fullback is Liverpool’s best option at left-back, Klopp has to sign a new left-back this summer and Manchester United’s Luke Shaw could be a good signing.
According to The Mirror, Liverpool are interested in the former Southampton man with it said that Jose Mourinho’s plans for his future will be made clear in the next week. Shaw has enjoyed a torrid time under the Portuguese manager and has been publicly criticised for his injuries by the former Real Madrid and Chelsea coach.
Despite the apparent lack of appreciation towards him from Mourinho, The Mirror’s James Nursey claims that Shaw is keen on staying at Manchester United.
As much as I think Shaw is a player who could benefit Liverpool, I don’t see this as a transfer that is particularly likely. Tottenham and Manchester City are also reported as being interested but Shaw’s injury record is one that any big club is likely to be wary of.
Klopp should look at Southampton’s current left-back in Ryan Bertrand with the 27-year-old coming into his best years as a defender. He is very similar to Nathaniel Clyne in that he is defensively sound and almost always fit. Having super-fit players is something Klopp will be fond of given his issues with injuries in the last two seasons with Liverpool.
The Reds are also said to be very interested in signing Ryan Sessegnon this summer from Fulham who could offer cover for a regular starting left-back in the way Trent Alexander-Arnold does for Clyne.