The lack of a sterling Left Back affected Liverpool when they lost the Europa league final to Sevilla.
The reason for the loss was a collective poor performance but the position was one the opposition used to terrorize the defence and it was naturally blamed after the loss. Even popular Pundit and former player Jamie Carragher tweeted that the coach Jurgen Klopp or the transfer committee to get another capable left back.
The players are set to return to training on Saturday for the pre-season plans, especially those not on national team duty at the Euro 2016 or Copa America.
The team is set to play their first friendly on Friday July 8 against Tranmere. New signings Joel Matip, Marko Grujic, Loris Karius and Sadio Mane are likely to join the team in training, if not play at the friendly. The major concern going into the new campaign is the fact that a Left Back is missing. Alberto Moreno is favoured to continue but the plan of the management to sign Leicester City’s 19-year old Ben Chilwell doesn’t sit well with the fans. Moreno, 24, seems a better option with his pace, ball control and attacking prowess.
There are concerns that the team is still not decent enough at a chance at titles, which the management should be working towards. The left back problem has always existed for The Reds since John Arne Riise left the club back in 2008. They club tried playing others in the position using Fabio Aurelio briefly, then John Flanagan, Alvaro Arbeloa, Glen Johnson, Djimi Traore, Andrea Dossena, Jose Enrique amongst others. There are options in Jonas Hector at Cologne, Wolfsburg’s Ricardo Rodriguez. Then there’s Ryan Bertrand and Ben Davies. With no major links, it seems the problem would remain unsolved this coming season.