Although Liverpool look set to push on under the recently appointed Jurgen Klopp, the widely admired former Borussia Dortmund boss nonetheless has a massive task on his hands this coming summer.
Much of the deadwood piled up during the ill-fated Brendan Rodgers era on Merseyside will have to be chopped sooner rather than later, but as current FC Koln left-back and Germany international Jonas Hector could reportedly be on his way to Liverpool for a £12m transfer at the end of the current season, perhaps Klopp is also keen to carry out a fair amount of carefully sourced recruitment as well.
So then, in light of the recent transfer news to whet the appetite of the determined Anfield faithful, could Hector really do a job down at Liverpool next season, or should the Reds ultimately look elsewhere?
Well, although the 25-year-old defender doesn’t exactly represent the most revered name operating in the European footballing scene right now, Hector has nonetheless put himself forward as somewhat of a well-established regular for the German national team in recent outings, whilst subsequently grabbing the attention of the English media in last weekend’s friendly match held in Berlin.
The up and coming star of the Bundesliga is deserving of the recent praise to come his way this season, for when it comes to dominating his opponents from an aerial point of view, keeping things robust and solid at the back for the vast majority of every 90 minutes and simply impressing his fans with the odd well-taken goal here and there, this is a player who could certainly do the business on Merseyside.
Due to his towering stature in defensive areas of the pitch, ability to play all across the back-four, consistency and sheer bravery in the tackle when putting his body on the line at any cost, Liverpool’s recent interest in the defender ultimately comes as very little surprise in the cold light of day.
The Reds’ current first choice left-back – the sometimes useful, yet often heavily criticised Alberto Moreno – has drawn a great deal of complaint from the Anfield faithful throughout the course of 2015/16, for although the 23-year-old Spaniard can certainly excel, his defensive reliability has been called into question on more than the odd occasion.
Put in no uncertain terms whatsoever, Moreno has left the rest of his back-four open to attack far too many times to be taken seriously on Merseyside this season, so unless the former Sevilla man somehow manages to achieve a dramatic turnaround in fortunes between now and the end of the current campaign, Klopp will seemingly have to look for a new left-back this summer one way or another.
…And as the aforementioned Hector could reportedly be available for as little as £12m this summer, his proposed move to Anfield all of a sudden represents somewhat of a no-brainer for Liverpool in the cold light of day.
The emerging German seems to tick all the right boxes for Jurgen Klopp ahead of the hotly anticipated summer transfer window, so with such a notion in mind for all the concerned Reds fans patiently awaiting some renewed fortunes down at their club, it really isn’t all that difficult to envisage Jonas Hector eventually turning out in Liverpool colours.