Left Back Troubles – 3 Names Liverpool Should Add To Their January Wishlist


Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool have made an outstanding start this season. On the attacking front, they have been quite scintillating and have made heads turn with their goal scoring prowess. More than just goals, it is how they are approaching the game is making people stand up and take notice. Klopp has finally got his players playing for him and every player seems to be enjoying his time under the master German.

One thing that has had a certain degree of fragility about Liverpool this season and that has been their defensive side, without a slightest of doubt. They have leaked unnecessary goals and just don’t look like they can hold their own together in defence. One particular position that has come under the scanner is that of left back. James Milner has been putting in a shift there in Alberto Moreno’s place and he put on a decent show for himself and even scored 4 goals, albeit all of them came from the penalty spot. Moreno returned for the game against Crystal Palace and showed everything that describes him. He is spectacular, likes to get forward with aplomb but just cannot defend.

Klopp should read these signs and act upon them in January when he should look to bring in more cover for the position. There are plenty of left backs who would fit the Anfield bill.  So, Here is a look at some left backs that Klopp can target –

Jonas Hector (Koln FC)

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The German defender is quite a versatile player as he is equally adept at playing at center back too. He is the complete opposite of Alberto Moreno in many ways; steady, unspectacular and reliable. He had quite a good Euro 2016 with the national team and his performances there would’ve certainly pushed his price tag up. Not that this will discourage Liverpool in any way as they can afford to invest in a position where they are currently short on numbers. At Euro 2016, Hector caught many eyes with his performances. He did exceedingly well in his maiden big tournament and his performances earned him rave reviews. He was a constant threat going forward and did really well on the defensive end too.

Koln wouldn’t be averse to selling him as they can recoup a decent fee for the 26-year-old. Hector has been at Koln since 2010 and has made 130 appearances for them. He made his international debut for Germany in November 2014 and his most notable moment with the national team came when he scored the winning penalty in a shootout against Italy at Euro 2016 to take Germany into the semi-final stage.

Written by Vamsi Krishna

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