In Focus: Liverpool need to be sure that Palmieri will be an upgrade at left-back

According to reports on Italian media outlet Gazzamercato, Liverpool are ready to return and make a €25m (approximately £22.1m) move to sign Roma left-back Emerson Palmieri during the January transfer window.

What’s the word, then?

Well, Gazzamercato says that Reds boss Jurgen Klopp would have targeted the Brazilian during the summer, but the 23-year-old suffered an ACL injury in May which saw the German boss instead move for Andrew Robertson.

However, the Scotland international has played just 270 minutes of football for the Merseyside outfit this season, with Alberto Moreno often being handed the left-back role despite not being in favour last term.

Klopp is desperate to add more solidity to his side’s backline after they conceded 16 goals in their opening nine Premier League matches this season though, and he could make a £22.1m move for Palmieri in the New Year.

How good is Palmieri?

He has certainly impressed at Roma, while he received his first call-up to the Italian national side in May after switching allegiances from Brazil in March.

The left-back has made 45 appearances in all competitions after joining the Italian giants from Santos in 2015, and has often shown his defensive capabiltiites.

In 25 Serie A outings last term the 23-year-old made 63 clearances and 45 interceptions, while he showed his ability going forward to by successfully completing 45 of the 63 take-ons he attempted.

However, the fact that he has two goals and one assist in his time with Roma may be a slight concern from an attacking point of view.

Would Roma be willing to sell him?

Considering he was their first-choice left-back before his injury probably not, but they may see the potential £22.1m fee as a great opportunity to make a big profit on the Brazilian considering they paid just £1.8m when they signed him from Santos two years ago.

Would he be an upgrade on Moreno and Robertson?

It’s difficult to say.

Moreno was highly-rated during his time with Sevilla and while he seems to have improved this season, he is still suspect at the back.

Whether Palmieri would be a significant upgrade would remain to be seen, and Liverpool need to make sure they aren’t shelling out more money on another defensive dud.

That said, the Reds look to need all of the help they can get at the back right now.