The Reds have endured a campaign filled with incredible highs and some surprising lows, with the defence an area which is constantly scrutinised. Formidable in attack, it has been the rear guard which has underperformed this season.
Ryan Bertrand, currently plying his trade in the south coast with Southampton, has had yet another fruitful season. The 27-year-old Englishman has done well since his move from Chelsea. The left-back epitomises the duties of a modern day full-back- he is fast, has good work rate and doesn’t shy away from a tackle.
His attacking output is one quality which stands out when compared with the rest of his peers. His passing is of high quality as he can link up well with the wingers and always finds the energy to overlap when his team is attacking.
Considering the fact that Liverpool have a history of signing players from Southampton, a rumoured transfer is appealing if the Merseyside-based outfit manage to qualify for the Champions League next season.
Incidentally, Ryan Bertrand made his Champions League debut in the 2012 final, managing 70 minutes for Chelsea en route their glorious triumph at the home of German champions Bayern Munich.
James Milner, who has played at left-back all season long, represents a key problem. Although Milner has filled in well, it doesn’t make sense to go another summer without signing an able left-back.
Bertrand a good target considering what Liverpool possess
Liverpool’s left back situation is very concerning, with only the maligned Alberto Moreno offering competition to Milner, who in all fairness isn’t a left-back. He has played in the wings for most of his career and his performances this season speaks volumes of the adaptability he possesses.
His performances have been consistent throughout the campaign, but there is a pressing need for him to play at the base of midfield when Jordan Henderson is injured.
Alberto Moreno, although a great attacker, lacks the discipline required to thrive in the upper echelons of the Premier League. The Spaniard is known for his attacking output but his defensive contribution is appalling, to say the least. His performance in last season’s Europa league final being a case in point.
Bertrand also has good experience when it comes to the Premier League. It is a much wiser move to sign a defender who has proved himself to the demands of such a taxing league and especially given the style of play under Jürgen Klopp, Bertrand would be a sensible addition to the Reds’ roster this summer. His wage demands can be met, and the transfer fee will not be too steep.