The Liverpool fans here in the Transfer Tavern have largely been impressed with their side this season, though do believe there are still obvious defensive deficiencies. Indeed, while the world record signing of Virgil van Dijk over the course of the January transfer window has moved to eradicate some of that, there are still some issues.
Such frailty was painfully evident during their recent 2-1 loss away at Manchester United, where Marcus Rashford tore Trent Alexander-Arnold apart on a torrid afternoon for the Reds youngster. Though both he and Joe Gomez have performed reasonably well in the full-back role on the right-hand side this season and there’s still the small matter of Nathaniel Clyne’s return, Jurgen Klopp should look to strengthen.
The signing of Andrew Roberston on the opposite flank proved just how much bringing in some competition can improve current players. Alberto Moreno may not wholly convince, though few would doubt the fact that Spaniard has improved alongside Robertson, so Liverpool would be smart to do the same on the right.
To that end, an ambitious move for Hector Bellerin would be clever. The Arsenal man has been touted for a summer exit after seeing his progress stall of late, though remains one of the most exciting full-backs in Europe. A wonderful attacking talent, Bellerin would fit right into Klopp’s heavy metal brand of football, pushing up on the right while having the pace required to deal with playing a high line.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has largely been a success since making the same move last summer, so there is certainly a precedent. Valued at £31.5m by Transfermarkt, the former Barcelona youngster would be a wonderful addition at Anfield and someone to truly improve their defence heading into what really needs to be a title challenge next season.