For all the good Jurgen Klopp has done in turning Andy Robertson and Trent Alexander-Arnold into two of the best fullbacks in Europe, the German manager has left himself short in terms of backup.
Look past Liverpool’s two starting fullbacks and you will find a club deprived of backup options if one of them gets injured, but this summer is likely to change with Alberto Moreno and Nathaniel Clyne both expected to leave, meaning Klopp can start looking at new options as well as looking towards the future, and the Reds boss is likely to take action.
According to Football Insider earlier this month, Liverpool are in contention with Southampton for the signing of Bristol City defender Lloyd Kelly, who has been one of the breakout stars in the Championship and has been targeted by the Reds before in the past.
The left-back has been a sensation for the play-off hopefuls this season, making 34 appearances for the club and establishing himself as one of the brightest prospects in the England football pyramid and a target for many Premier League teams, and if Liverpool are able to acquire the defender, it could be a problem in the long-term for Robertson.
The Scottish international no doubt has the left-back position on lock for the next few seasons, but with niggling injuries affecting the defender this campaign, Kelly could be given a chance to shine in the first-team when offered the chance by Klopp.
Competition can be healthy for specific positions in football, and if Kelly is to join Liverpool, Robertson should be playing with extra urgency to impress Klopp that he is the man to take the starting position in the team.
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