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Liverpool Turn Their Attention To Celtic Star: The Man To Solve Their Age-Old Left-Back Problem?

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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.

Liverpool’s summer transfer window is still not officially open as the only player added to the squad at Anfield is the young Dominic Solanke, signed almost 20-days ago. They are closing in on the signature of the Egyptian winger Mohamed Salah but Klopp is determined to improve his squad two-fold to help them compete at the highest level next season.

One position he is sure to improve on this summer is the left-back position and reports suggest that Liverpool are looking at Celtic’s young Kieran Tierney as a possible option for the next season.

Reports today suggest that Liverpool will turn their attention to signing the Celtic man after they complete the signature of Salah but they will face stiff competition from Manchester United and Arsenal, who are also tracking his movements. So should Liverpool spend on Tierney this summer?

The Scottish teenager had a stellar season under former Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers, where he helped them to a domestic treble, including the historic league title. He already has close to 50 SPL appearances and four national appearances and is surely one of the most exciting players in this position.

An attacking full-back with just the right balance between defence and attack, Tierney was the first choice for Rodgers last season and picked up two goals and 12 assists in 40 games in all competitions for the Scottish giants last season.

A product of the academy at Celtic, Tierney has learnt all the trades of the Scottish game, which should keep him ready for the Premier League. Pacey and smart, the left-footed defender is a superb crosser with unbelievable acceleration in short bursts. He makes some crunching and last ditch tackles and is learning the defensive part of the game but his ability to create chances in the final third is what will attract interests from Klopp.

The German has used James Milner as the first choice last season while Alberto Moreno, who only acted as a backup, is expected to be sold this summer. Tierney may not be able to walk into the first team at Anfield next season but he will have a chance to work as an understudy to one of the role models for football in James Milner.

The English star can allow the 19-year old Celtic star to take his time and settle in at the club and if Klopp can buy Tierney this summer, he may just be able to solve Liverpool’s left-back problems, that have been haunting them, even before Brendan Rodgers took over the club. He is only expected to cost around £15m and is perfect for the Reds but do you think Liverpool should get this deal done quickly?

Note: This report was written before Liverpool made the announcement that they have signed Mohamed Salah.

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