Moreno replacement: Liverpool make Matt Targett enquiry to Southampton

According to 90min, Liverpool have made an enquiry to Southampton over the availability of left-back Matt Targett, who would be coming in to replace the outgoing Alberto Moreno as a backup option.

What’s the word, then?

Well, the Reds have asked about Targett in the hope of finding a new understudy to Andy Robertson, with Moreno’s contract set to expire at the end of the month.

The Saints left-back made 21 appearances for the South Coast side last term, jostling with Ryan Bertrand for a starting role under Ralph Hasenhuttl after starring on loan for Fulham in the 2017/18 season.

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23-year-old Targett would almost certainly be coming in as a backup, with the man ahead of him arguably one of the best left-backs in the world right now – Scottish international Robertson got 13 assists in all competitions last term.

Would be going against England’s wishes

Make no mistake about it, Targett is certainly a talented player and one who is on England’s radar.

He has appeared regularly for the Under-21 side but, according to the same report by 90min, has been encouraged by the national team staff to find regular first-team football if he wants to boost his chances of playing for the Three Lions’ senior side.

So, if he signed for Liverpool, he would probably be doing his chances of playing under Gareth Southgate a lot of harm as he would presumably get less game time than he did down at St Mary’s.

Targett impressed last term with a goal and three assists in the Premier League, and definitely has a chance to appear for England’s senior team if he can knuckle down and find consistent first-team football in the top-flight somewhere.

However, he would be severely harming his own chances of playing for his country if he put pen to paper on a deal with the Champions of Europe.

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