SIGN A LEFT BACK
Klopp opted against signing a left back in both transfer windows this season and instead deployed vice-captain James Milner in an unfamiliar role, the German clearly not impressed by Alberto Moreno.
Initially, the Milner experiment worked a treat. The former Manchester City man’s energy and width down the left created a host of problems for the opposition, and he was better defensively than Moreno.
However, as the season has progressed, Milner’s impact on the left has waned and has started to become a real problem. Not being naturally left-footed means cutting back on to his right is becoming predictable and teams with pace out wide can cause real damage.
The 31-year-old should be commended for his efforts this season and his attitude to playing out of position, but he is not the long-term solution. He should remain a decent back up to the position next year but should move back into the centre of the pitch.
Many names have been touted as potential solutions to Liverpool’s left-back dilemma including Jose Gaya of Valencia and Ryan Bertrand of Southampton.