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Why signing a right-back should be Liverpool's top priority

Liverpool’s search for a right-back should be top priority during the January window.

The Reds are lucky to have Trent Alexander-Arnold in the position, who has become the world’s best.

However, beyond the young scouser Liverpool are seriously lacking in the position.

Jurgen Klopp should prioritise fixing that and enter the transfer market next month.

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Liverpool looked to rest Alexander-Arnold against Bournemouth, but he entered the pitch before half-time. Dejan Lovren limped off with an injury forcing the personnel switch from Klopp.

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Unfortunately for Alexander-Arnold its going to be difficult to find him rest throughout the season. Our back-up options simply are not good enough.

Joe Gomez has been asked to fill in at right-back but he’s just not up to the task. By trade he is a centre back, so as you can imagine he isn’t effective going forward with the ball.

Beyond him you have Nathaniel Clyne who would be perfect for this situation, but he is unfortunately injured for the season. James Milner is capable of filling in at right back but with a mounting injury list he can’t be expected to fill in every position.

Liverpool are blessed with right-backs at youth level. Most notable are Neco Williams and Ki-Jana Hoever. Both will be big stars one day, but it wont be this season. The Reds boss has so far not fancied either man for first team duty outside of the Carabao Cup.

The Reds must now make finding suitable back-up for Alexander-Arnold top priority. In just a few weeks the transfer window will open, and Liverpool must take advantage of it. Otherwise we risk the young scouser suffering from burnout, if he is unable to get a well-earned rest.

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