Liverpool are not actively pursuing a replacement for the position many fans regard as our weakest, according to the Echo.
Last term, Alberto Moreno cost us time and time again at left-back, unable to position himself defensively and making rash, costly decisions in his own area on multiple occasions.
His performance in the second-half of the Europa League Final was particularly costly, and many believed that would indeed be his last game in a red shirt, with his former club Sevilla running out 3-1 winners.
But according to the Echo, a marquee, first-team left-back will not be signed, and instead we’ll only target Leicester City’s Ben Chilwell as backup to the Spaniard.
“The manager values his speed, control and the continuous attacking width he provides. At 23 (24 next week) he sees the development potential in the Spaniard, even if every step forward he makes seems to be followed by a couple backwards,” Neil Jones writes in his column.
If Brendan Rodgers was choosing to back Moreno after the fullback’s performances last term, there’d likely be tyranny, but Klopp’s reputation and CV will earn his decisions more respect. Defensively, Moreno is shoddy – but the German now has a full pre-season in which to hone his skills.
If Moreno can shore up at the back, he’ll be a real asset as he provides pace, width and energy down the left in an offensive sense. Chilwell’s mighty talented too, so there’ll be an exciting alternative waiting in the wings should Moreno fail to improve to the required standards.
Still, a move for Ricardo Rodriguez would’ve been nice…