When Alberto Moreno left Liverpool this summer – returning to LaLiga with Villarreal as his contract expired – many Reds fans presumed that Jurgen Klopp and his backroom team would be prioritising the left-back position as an area for recruitment.
Yet, with less than three weeks remaining in the transfer window, Liverpool appear to be planning very little incoming signings.
Yasser Larouci may well be one of the very reasons that The Reds don’t seem to be chasing a full-back.
Klopp has been publicly stating his position that players returning from injury will be like new signings for the club. Liverpool’s German manager also highlighted the coaching staff’s belief in the talent coming through the youth ranks.
Larouci – one of those aforementioned youngsters – has really impressed when given the opportunity in recent games. He played 45 minutes in each match against Tranmere and Bradford City.
On Friday night, Klopp gave Larouci an hour on the pitch where the young full-back faced the likes of Jadon Sancho and Julian Brandt. Again, Larouci impressed and never looked out of his depth on the left side of Liverpool’s defence.
Earlier in the summer, Adam Lewis spoke about his hopes of gaining some first-team minutes in 2019/20 in the wake of Moreno’s departure. However, Larouci is the player who has taken his chance and stood out the most during the summer fixtures so far.
While Andy Robertson is not exactly injury-prone – he didn’t miss a single game due to injury last season (was rested on a couple of occasions) – he will need to be rested for the odd fixture over the next 10 months. Larouci can look forward to gaining some valuable competitive first-team experience when those opportunities arise.
At the moment, it looks like he will be first in line to replace Robertson at left-back when necessary.