Jurgen Klopp must begin a search for a long-term replacement at left-back with Alberto Moreno surely unlikely to extend his stay at the club.
The Spaniard joined from Sevilla back in 2014 after winning the Europa League for just £12m. The 26-year-old has failed to reach the heights expected of him during his stay on Merseyside; his constant poor performances allowed Andy Robertson to make the starting left-back spot his own. Despite starting against Burnley last week, it’s not hard to imagine that Moreno will depart the club in the summer when his contract expires.
With no other senior players capable of playing left-back, Klopp must look to add sign some valuable defensive cover. Ideally, Liverpool would sell Moreno at a cut-price in January to avoid losing him for nothing at the end of the season.
Using the funds, Liverpool should make a move for Bristol City youngster – Lloyd Kelly. Valued at just £675k by Transfermarkt, the 20-year-old made his breakthrough in the first-team towards the end of last season. Kelly has forced his way into the starting eleven, making 17 appearances in the Championship, earning plenty of plaudits for his impressive showings.
Kelly is a full-back who is a threat in the attack but also doesn’t neglect his defensive duties. The youngster has won an impressive 1.5 tackles per game this season as well as averaging 1.2 successful dribbles per game meaning he would have no issue marauding Liverpool’s left flank. Kelly’s form has not gone unnoticed having earnt a call-up to the England U21 national side earlier this month. The youngster is improving with every game – working alongside the likes of Virgil van Dijk, and Robertson could do wonders his for development (WhoScored).
Despite signing a new three-year deal earlier in the season, Bristol would struggle to keep him at the club should Klopp come calling.
Liverpool fans, thoughts?