There were many things to take from the opening weekend of Premier League action.
Manchester United looked like they could be a force again, Leicester City are going to find defending their title incredibly tough and Pep Guardiola has begun to leave his mark on Manchester City with Bacary Sagna and Gael Clichy taking up very narrow positions for full backs.
Meanwhile Arsenal and Liverpool played out the game of the weekend – culminating in a 4-3 win for the Reds but it was another full back that grabbed the attention, for all the wrong reasons. Alberto Moreno put in another performance that seems to be his trademark, poorly timed challenges, complete lack of positioning and a terrible haircut to boot saw him bailed out only by the creativity of Liverpool’s attack.
Question marks over the Spaniard’s future on Merseyside have been rife for some time and this latest instalment only compounds them, surely Jurgen Klopp will be looking at replacements? Some are of the opinion James Milner will be the Reds’ first choice left back this season once fit but that smacks of poor planning – something the Anfield club can’t afford any more.
With the assumption the Reds do actually have a plan then, here are FIVE left backs we at FootballFanCast think Liverpool could look to sign before the transfer window shuts…
The former Swansea man has found playing time hard to come by at Tottenham with Danny Rose being Mauricio Pochettino’s first choice.
Davies may get extra chances to play with Spurs’ Champions League campaign ahead of them but despite this he’s still not guaranteed a place week in week out.
The Argentine boss likes to rotate his full backs at times and whilst that must keep them fresh, you’re not telling me they wouldn’t rather play every week. Davies would get that at Anfield and would certainly provide a far more solid option than Moreno.
Willems has two Eredivisie titles under his belt as well as a number of caps for the Netherlands national team and at the age of 22, he’s only going to get better.
The PSV man fits Liverpool’s transfer policy in terms of his age and potential to improve and if they act quickly to sign him they should be able to get him for a decent enough price before the end of August.
It’s surely only a matter of time before Rodriguez moves to one of Europe’s biggest clubs.
The Wolfsburg man is adept at both attacking and defending – already trumping Moreno – and possesses a threat from set pieces with his left foot.
\He’s 23, so like Willems he suits the Reds’ transfer policy, and Klopp may fancy him given his Bundesliga pedigree.
Southampton to Liverpool is now a well-worn path with varying degrees of success.
The likes of Nathaniel Clyne seemed to fit in seamlessly whereas for Rickie Lambert the move just didn’t work.
If Bertrand was to make the switch though he’d surely make a positive impact, he’s quick and that’ll help him adopt Jurgen Klopp’s tactics and he can defend which will help him win over the Anfield crowd.
One criticism of Liverpool’s performance yesterday was that at 4-1 up they shouldn’t have given Arsenal a sniff.
As it transpired the Reds let the Gunners back in twice and had to hold on, suggesting some experience is needed in the side.
Liverpool certainly need another assured player at the back and someone like Criscito, who’s been around the block a fair few times, would offer this.