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Liverpool Planning To Solve Their Age Old Problem: Is This Scottish Star The Right Answer?

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Aakarsh Bommakanti
Was diving around lush green grass not so long ago but my keyboard is all I have now. An avid observer of detail in sports with a passion to make myself heard. Can find me playing on a field if not in front of my screen.

It has been a busy few weeks at Anfield as Jurgen Klopp, who took Liverpool to the Champions League with a fourth-place finish last season, is looking to improve the squad this summer. The manager wants to improve in particular areas of the squad and has already spent on Mohamed Salah from AS Roma. And he is now turning his attention to the left-back position in the squad.

According to reports from the Daily Mail, they are now extensively looking at Hull City’s Andrew Robertson as an option at left-back next season. The report claims that the defender, who is valued at around £8m, is now a top transfer target for Liverpool this summer.

The Reds have not been able to use the only genuine left-back in the squad, Alberto Moreno regularly and Jurgen Klopp decided to repair this situation by playing James Milner, the experienced English midfielder in this role. Though the former Manchester City man made the backline better, he is hardly the left-back a club like Liverpool needs.

Klopp has been looking at a few players namely AS Monaco’s Benjamin Mendy, Fulham’s Ryan Sessegnon and Napoli’s Faouzi Ghoulam but Robertson is the only player who could be ready for a move to Anfield.

The 23-year old Scottish international, who is currently the first choice for club and country, Robertson has 99 appearances for Hull City and 15 appearances for Scotland and is one of the better left-backs to have played in the league last season.

Capable of beating his man with ease, the Celtic and QPR youth product is an excellent passer, who has what it takes to create chances consistently in the final third. Playing for the Tigers, who were relegated, the 23-year old picked up a goal and a couple of assists last season and was one of the brightest stars for the club.

He is expected to move back to the Premier League, with Newcastle, Burnley, West Ham United and Watford all interested in his signature. But at just £8m, he represents great business for Liverpool, in this inflated market.

The Reds might want to look at a more established star to help them compete at the highest level next season but Klopp has not been able to lure his transfer targets in this position to the club as yet. So it does not come as a surprise that he does not want to leave this transfer until the end.

At his price, he is a gamble well worth the risk and it is best for Liverpool to tie Robertson up to the club, even if they want to add another left-back to their squad. In fact, that might just be the right way for the Reds to approach a problem that has been haunting squad since the turn of the decade.

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