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It could’ve been argued that Liverpool needed to sign a few full-backs anyway.
Alberto Moreno departed after his contract was not renewed, leaving just Andy Robertson as Jurgen Klopp’s only recognised senior left-back.
Additionally, the quality of Nathaniel Clyne as Trent Alexander-Arnold’s back-up was also up for debate given the Reds’ decision to sanction his loan departure to Bournemouth midway through last season.
Now, however, there is no argument to be had.
Liverpool have to enter the transfer market after Clyne suffered knee ligament damage, sidelining him for an estimated six months.
It has been reported that Klopp would be happy to start the season with Joe Gomez and James Milner if no opportunity to find a replacement for Moreno arose, but there are now complications with that.
The former Borussia Dortmund boss used that same pair at right-back at times last season when Trent Alexander-Arnold was either injured, or tactically dropped as he was for the visit to the Camp Nou when Gomez stood in.
Milner played at right-back six times amidst Alexander-Arnold’s injury at the end of January, but missed a game through suspension – staggeringly, Jordan Henderson had to play on the right of defence as a result, because there simply weren’t any other alternatives and Gomez was also injured at the time.
If that was the case then, how will things pan out in 2019/20 when Liverpool will be even weaker without Clyne and Moreno?
It should also be noted that the upcoming season will be even more challenging in terms of the amount of fixtures on the schedule. As a result of winning the Champions League, Liverpool have a UEFA Super Cup game to play against Chelsea, as well as a potential Club World Cup campaign to embark on mid-season.
There is also a Community Shield game to contend with against Manchester City as a resulting of finishing second in the league.
With all of those things taken into account, Klopp simply has no other option but to enter the market before the deadline or he risks putting Liverpool in a very sticky situation next term.