Liverpool’s need for a new left-back is well known, with Jose Enrique and loan signing Aly Cissokho both incredibly ordinary defenders, and resultantly the Anfield side have been linked with a host of names throughout the season, ranging from Chelsea’s Ashley Cole to Wolfsburg’s Ricardo Rodriguez.
But the latest left-back to emerge as rumour mill fodder in the tabloids just doesn’t fit the bill – Barcelona’s Adriano.
As pointed out by SoccerSouls’ Shamik Mukherjee, the Brazilian isn’t even a left-back by trade. He arrived at the Nou Camp as a versatility player in 2010, but has been forced to adopt the No.3 role on a near permanent basis due to the La Liga’ champions’ continual inability to successfully strengthen their backline over the last few years.
Defensively he’s lacking, especially in one on one situations, and going forward the former Sevilla man created just nine chances in 17 La Liga appearances this season – Cissokho has created eight in 13, and Glen Johnson 17 in 18 – despite the fact he plays for one of the most forward-thinking teams in world football.
Admittedly, Adriano does offer significant experience, having won two UEFA Cups, a Champions League title and two La Liga titles. But at 29 years of age, he’s hardly what you’d call a long-term solution.
There are a wealth of young and talented left-backs on the market this summer, including Luke Shaw, Alex Sandro and Ben Davies to name a few. But focusing transfer attentions on the Barcelona full-back will seriously leave the Reds lagging behind their rivals in the No.3 department.