Ricardo Rodriguez

Ricardo Rodriguez

Refreshing both defensive flanks will be a key issue for Brendan Rodgers come the summer, with Glen Johnson refusing to extend his current Anfield contract and Jose Enrique being a rather inconsistent performer. Having made just seven Premier League starts since the summer, it seems unlikely Aly Cissokho’s loan switch will be made permanent at the end of the season.

But it’s believed Brendan Rodgers would like to bring in a new left-back this January if possible, and there are few more highly-rated on the market right now than Wolfsburg youngster Ricardo Rodriguez. He’s currently listed by Whoscored as the Bundesliga’s second best performer this season, with an average rating of 8.07 only bettered by Frank Ribery.

The Swiss international has claimed three goals and three assists in 17 starts this season, also averaging 3.1 tackles, 1.9 interceptions, 1.3 shots, 1.9 key passes, 1.9 accurate crosses and 2.5 successful dribbles per game.

He’s also part of a Switzerland side, geared by a prominent batch of youngsters, that surprised many by qualifying for the 2014 World Cup this year.

Full of attacking vigour and defensive stability, Rodriguez represents the growing trend of modern full-back capable of contributing at both ends of the pitch for a full ninety minutes.

Landing him would definitely be a coup for the Reds – the Wolfsburg defender has more recently been linked with AC Milan and Chelsea.

It will be hard to lure Rodriguez away this January however – the German side are refusing to sell as they hunt down a Champions League spot.