If Dejan Lovren remains at Liverpool, the club’s best option at left-back may just be Adam Lewis.
Reports have linked Lovren with a move away this summer, five years since his £20m arrival from Southampton. Calciomercato, for instance, believe that AC Milan may be waiting.
Now, that obviously influences Liverpool’s centre-back options. But it also impacts what happens at left-back.
As Goal reported before the window, Liverpool want a new left-back as cover for Andy Robertson. Alberto Moreno has left, leaving space.
And Lovren leaving would make signing one easier – as we’ve suggested before. It would offer more game time to a new signing who can play both positions, for one thing.
But what if he stays? Then, suddenly, you’re looking for a player who can cover for Robertson and nothing else. That’s tricky, seeing as the same role limited Moreno to just five appearances last season.
So if Lovren does remain at Anfield, Lewis, a 19-year-old academy player, may be the best bet. He wouldn’t be expecting lots of games and so there’s no persuading him needed. Any new signing would need to be convinced they’d actually play.
And any worry about him playing against top sides is mitigated by other options. Need someone who can defend against top players? Joe Gomez and James Milner are there in the rare case that Robertson can’t play.
And against lower sides where attacking is the need? Lewis can grow with less pressure.
We saw the growth of Trent Alexander-Arnold in a similar situation. To begin with, Gomez covered against the sides that Alexander-Arnold struggled against.
That system saw him become one of the best in the world under Jurgen Klopp. Why not take a chance on Lewis doing the same?