Right now, Alberto Moreno has to play at left-back in the Premier League, Europa League and League Cup – due to his backup options being unavailable.
Jon Flanagan, naturally a right-back anyway, has been injured for approaching 18 months, and Jose Enrique seemingly cannot get himself fit either, before even considering his attitude and ability.
Therefore, it wouldn’t be unrealistic to consider the left-back spot a viable position for Jurgen Klopp and the scouting team to improve come January. We don’t need to replace Moreno, just buy somebody who can ably support the Spaniard when he needs a rest.
Moreno’s duties up the left flank are lung-busting, and it’s feasible that unless we purchase him proper backup, he’ll run out of steam after our hectic Christmas schedule.
Here’s five players we’ve scouted, who for various reasons, might fit the bill.
(Note – these have not been linked and there’s no evidence that we are targeting them – we just think they’d be sensible options.)
Emanuel Mas – San Lorenzo
Mas is now the starting left-back for Argentina, despite the fact you’ve probably not heard of him. He’s 26-years-old and recently made his debut for the World Cup finalists in September, and now has three caps to his name. He won the Copa Libertadores last year and is highly regarded for his technical ability and sweet left foot. We’ve previously had an Argentinian left-back at Liverpool in Emiliano Insua, and it wouldn’t be the worst decision to make Mas the second considering he’s out of contract in summer 2016 and won’t cost us very much. He’d be our first choice.