Liverpool have already added some fresh faces to the club but where do we still need to strengthen and what positions are we possibly to stacked in?
Liverpool has goalkeepers a plenty right now, Mignolet and new signing Karius are vying for the first team place with one destined to be sat on the bench. This was a void that Liverpool really needed to improve as Mignolet needed somebody to at least put the pressure on him, or even replace depending on the Liverpool fan that you speak to. Danny Ward, who is the third choice now, has recently signed a new long term deal at Liverpool but will be loaned out to Huddesfield in the championship for the season and Liverpool are heavily rumoured to be signing 39 year old Alex Manninger who would be the third choice for the coming season if signed. This then means that Bogdan has no future at Liverpool despite featuring in the Reds preseason friendly against Tranmere for 45 minutes and has been heavily touted to move to Wigan in the coming days.
Verdict: Liverpool has plenty of options in this position but with the departures of Ward and Bogdan a third choice could be important to get wrapped up.
This is a position where Liverpool does need to strengthen as the lack of depth in these positions is risky to say the least going into the upcoming season. Nathaniel Clyne was signed last summer and he made the most appearances of any Liverpool player last season making over 50 appearances in his debut season due to the lack of options to even rest him. He had a fantastic season but we were lucky he never got injured last season as Randall would of had to come in if that was the case. Flanagan is back now and hopefully gets a full preseason of playing football as he has been badly missed and he would fill the void of being clyne’s understudy if he can stay fit. On the left side of the defence we have the much criticised Alberto Moreno who hasn’t massively impressed since signing two years ago, his attacking prowess is unquestionable as he was by the far the most creative full back in the Premier league last season but it is his defensive work where he is often found out of position and lacking the intelligence to play this position as he is caught out on a consistent basis. His tackling is rash, he often loses out to stronger players but he does have the pace to help him out at times. If Klopp can curb his erratic defending there is no doubting he would be a fantastic first choice it’s just whether Moreno can learn to defend better. With Moreno’s understudy being either Flanagan, again, or Brad Smith the options in this position is not that strong. Brad Smith is very similar to Moreno where he is very good offensively but his positioning and overall defending is poor.
Verdict: I’m overall happy with the two first choices in Clyne and Moreno, but we at least need another good left back to be able to challenge Moreno on the left side. Flanagan is a very good understudy for Clyne providing he can keep himself fit this season.