Liverpool are loathe to lose Brad Smith on loan until another left-back has signed to provide Alberto Moreno backup, writes James Pearce in the Echo.
“A host of Championship clubs have registered an interest in Brad Smith but the Australian left-back is unlikely to go anywhere until Liverpool have strengthened in that position. Ben Chilwell is the club’s top target but they have so far been unable to agree a fee with Leicester City having had a £7million bid rejected,” he said today.
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Smith, the 22-year-old Australian international, broke into first-team consideration last term and did very well when called upon, earning himself a new deal and the admiration of supporters.
He’s still behind inconsistent Spaniard Moreno in the pecking order though, so providing we eventually acquire Chilwell – fans would be ok to see Smith depart for regular game-time.
Whether he has what it takes to be a long-term left-back option for Liverpool is uncertain, although at 22, time is probably running out.
Many supporters were actually calling for Smith to get opportunities ahead of Moreno last term, due to the latter’s defensive shoddiness – but like the former Sevilla man – Smith is much more comfortable going forward than he is at the back.
If we cannot sign teenager Chilwell, don’t be surprised to see Smith stay and complete with Moreno, who Klopp sees potential in despite his mistakes, come 2016/17.