Ricardo Rodriguez

Ricardo Rodriguez

If there’s one thing Liverpool desperately need ahead of next season, it’s undoubtedly a left-back.

Both Aly Cissokho and Jose Enrique are disturbingly ordinary defenders, and as ‘false full-backs’ emerge as the norm amongst the European elite, the Anfield outfit can’t afford to be tactically lagging behind their Champions League opposition.

In regards to the modern trend of attacking, adventurous and athletically gifted full-backs, the one who should be grabbing Brendan Rodgers’ attention most (admittedly, excluding Southampton’s Luke Shaw) is Bundesliga star Ricardo Rodriguez.

The 21 year-old has claimed five goals and seven assists in 29 league outings, making him in some way responsible for 25% of Wolfsburg’s goals this season as the Saxony outfit sit just a point outside the Bundesliga’s Champions League places.

Furthermore, the 19-cap Switzerland international is part of a youthful La Nati side that surprised many by qualifying for the World Cup in Brazil, and whose members appear to be growing in reputation and performance at an alarming rate throughout Europe.

Also averaging 2.1 key passes, 2 crosses and 2.7 dribbles per match, Rodriguez is a potent attacking threat and his presence in the Liverpool starting XI would allow the likes of Philippe Coutinho and Raheem Sterling to take up more natural, narrower positions higher up the pitch.

But as with many young full-backs, Rodriguez will be in high demand this summer. Chelsea and Manchester United are both interested, and some have rated the Wolfsburg prodigy as highly as £20million.