Three left-backs Liverpool should target to replace Alberto Moreno
Posted by John Smith | Published on August 20, 2016
Although having some positivity, last season was most certainly a season to forget for Liverpool fans. After losing two consecutive finals as well as finishing in a disappointing 8th place, it’s obvious that Liverpool fans will want to see improvements from the team across the new season. With manager Jurgen Klopp going into his first full season at new club Liverpool, he has done a fantastic job of improving the overall team thus far
In the transfer window thus far, Klopp has done a brilliant job with his transfers by bringing in the likes of: Georginio Wijnaldum, Sadio Mane, Loris Karius and others to Merseyside for the upcoming season. Despite the significant strengthening, one position that Klopp has failed to strengthen thus far is the left-back position. Although already having Alberto Moreno in the side, the Spanish left-back has proven he isn’t good enough to be a consistent first team starter in the side.
With Moreno a consistent liability in the side, Klopp has just over two weeks remaining in the transfer window to bring in a new left-back should he look to strengthen in the position. Although most clubs will not be willing to sell their best fullback late on in the window, there are still some players available that Klopp could sign before the window closes on the 31st of August.
With Thomas Tuchel purchasing talented left-back Raphael Guerreiro earlier in the summer, Liverpool could target left-back Marcel Schmelzer to replace Alberto Moreno in the starting lineup. The German international is familiar with working with Jurgen Klopp as they spent 7 years together at Borussia Dortmund until Klopp departed the club at the end of the 2014/15 season, taking a sabbatical. Klopp was the one who introduced Schmelzer to the Dortmund first team after being appointed as boss and has been a mainstay in the lineup ever since.
With Guerreiro now at the club, Schmelzer may have lost his consistent place in the Dortmund lineup. With regular first team football no longer guaranteed, Klopp could be the one to introduce the defender to English football and become a mainstay in the Liverpool lineup. Klopp is familiar with how Schmelzer plays and got the best out of him during his most successful years at the club. The fullback is much better in defence in comparison to Moreno and would definitely help strengthen the Liverpool backline as they look to challenge for a top four finish, and maybe even the title.
Although having a great season at the Westfalenstadion, Klopp always had a strong working relationship with the German international and could help bring him to England. Keeping in mind that Dortmund already purchased Raphael Guerreiro earlier in the summer, Dortmund may allow the transfer to take place since they have already signed someone more than capable of taking Schmelzer’s role in the starting lineup.
Former Swansea City left-back Ben Davies has struggled to make a name for himself at Tottenham Hotspur and would benefit with a move away from the club. Although joining the North London side in 2014, Davies has failed to make a genuine impact at the club by only making 23 first team appearances in the Premier League since his arrival. Considering Mauricio Pochettino favours Danny Rose to Ben Davies, it will be difficult for Davies to ever make appear in the first team on a regular basis.
Although Pochettino is known to rotate his fullbacks to keep his first options fresh, it still does not offer Davies a consistent run of games he could get at Anfield. Under Jurgen Klopp, he would be given the opportunity to play a lot more games and also apply much-needed pressure on Moreno. Davies would be a good support to Liverpool’s defence as he is good at intercepting play and clearing the ball if necessary.
Should no long-term option become available for Jurgen Klopp to bring to Anfield, an experienced left-back could be brought to the club on a season-long loan and Fabio Coentrao fits that bill. The Portuguese left-back has not had the best of careers at Real Madrid with only 55 league appearances in 6 years at the club and could look for another loan move away from the club to prove his worth to current manager Zinedine Zidane.
Although not the best of replacements for Alberto Moreno in comparison to the other two names mentioned, the Portuguese international could still add something to the backline of Liverpool’s defence and has been linked with a move in recent days. However, if a deal were to happen, Liverpool would be without their new signing until October at a minimum considering the Portuguese left-back is out with a hamstring injury.
Regardless, signing Coentrao would still be encouraging for the club as it would put much-needed pressure on Alberto Moreno to challenge for his position as the club’s first choice left-back. On top of this, keeping in mind that Coentrao differentiates from Moreno’s style as a left-back, it would support Klopp since he would have varying opinions to choose from which in turn would benefit how he sets up the team going into each game respectively.