Liverpool have been urged to sign ‘real deal’ left back Benjamin Mendy of AS Monaco after Manchester City dropped out of the race for his signature.
With reports from France this week suggesting that Pep Guardiola will turn his attentions elsewhere after being quoted £40m for his services, the Reds have been urged to move quickly to secure his services.
Tom Coast of Sport Witness believes that the Frenchman would be an ideal signing for Jürgen Klopp and would be the perfect fix for the left back situation at Liverpool. Coast believes that the Frenchman’s mixture of youthful experience, pace, engine and crossing ability would all be treasured left back attributes for a manager like Klopp.
“Mendy is one of those players who got given a chance really early on in his career,” Coast told the ECHO. “He was bought by Marseille in 2013 and was pretty much straight away chucked into the first team because they didn’t have anyone else in that position.”
“He’s been turning out consistently for the past four years. Even though he’s only 22 he’s got over 100 Ligue 1 games under his belt. I think he’s the real deal.”
Coast then details Mendy’s superb ability on the overlap and his knack for setting up goals with stellar crosses from his left foot – something Liverpool lacked massively down the left hand side last campaign.
“What caught the eye this year was the fact that Monaco were such an attacking team and Mendy was always overlapping with Thomas Lemar. In the Champions League game against Manchester City he was in their box more often than not and got an assist – one of 11 for him last year – which isn’t too shabby for a left-back.”
“With what Klopp is trying to do at Liverpool I think he’d be ideal and it’s the position they’ve been really struggling in… His crosses are very good – sometimes he overshoots them, nobody is perfect – but he will either drill it across goal or if there’s somebody there he can whip it in.”
Coast believes though that the Reds will certainly have to cough up in order to sign the highly rated Frenchman, with Monaco not exactly struggling for money and Manchester City still keeping an eye on developments.
“I would say it’s a case of who is going to pay the most for him. Monaco don’t need the money. They’ve sold Bernardo Silva already to Manchester City and they look set to cash in on either Fabinho, Bakayoko or both,” explained Coast.
“They do have someone in place to come in for Mendy if possible in the shape of the Brazilian Jorge who they bought in January but it will come down to who can be the most convincing to both Monaco and Mendy himself.”
With the Reds struggling for width at times across the 2016/17 season, signing a left back such as Mendy, regardless of the price tag, would be a huge boost for the side.
Having a naturally left footed defender who possesses bags of pace would provide a massive upgrade on James Milner as even though the Englishman put in a good shift last season, he became predictable and easy to beat by the end of the campaign.
Just don’t try and tap him up yeah, lads?