In Focus: Bertrand could be the answer to Liverpool’s left-back woes

As reported by ESPN, Liverpool are interested in signing Ryan Bertrand this summer in an effort to solve their woes on the left hand side of defence.

What’s the story?

Jurgen Klopp has had to rely on James Milner at left-back for the majority of the season, a situation not ideal for a team that has the potential to challenge for the English Premier League title. They need players natural to every position who play at an elite level to compete.

Step forward Southampton’s Ryan Bertrand, who ESPN say Liverpool are very interested in when the transfer window opens.

The outlet reckons Saints will find it hard to turn down a big offer and with the Reds duking it out with Manchester City, the 27 year old will likely command a big fee.

Is he the answer for Klopp?

Good enough?

Bertrand has been a stand out on the South coast for three seasons now and has made 33 appearances in all competitions for Claud Puel’s side this season. Southampton have a decent defensive record this season, especially in the first half of the campaign and Bertrand has helped Saints keep four clean sheets against Liverpool alone. Perhaps that’s why there’s interest.

Also an England international with 12 caps, he’s reaching the pinnacle of his career ability wise and at 27 has plenty of seasons left to devote to the Liverpool cause.

A move to a big side would represent the next stage of his career and if he can put in similar performances at Anfield as he does at St Mary’s, it would be a perfect move for both player and club.