Liverpool are in the hunt for a new left-back this summer as Brendan Rodgers builds on what was a impressive Premier League campaign for the Reds, but ultimately falling short at the final hurdle.
Failed transfer pursuits
Liverpool were chasing the signature of Alberto Moreno and Ben Davies this summer, but plans to move for the two stars have been left in tatters. Davies of Swansea City has joined Tottenham after being guaranteed first-team football by Mauricio Pochettino, while Sevilla are demanding a fee in the region €20 million which Liverpool are reluctant too meet.
Liverpool's regular left-back Jose Enrique missed much of last season through injury, Aly Cissokho deputised but he failed miserably when given the chance. He hardly set Anfield alight.
Glen Johnson was tried at left-back but he adds another dimension to Liverpool's attack on the other flank, while John Flanagan was also given a chance, with the latter making the position his own midway through the season.
Liverpool need new left-back
Given that they both are right footers, the balance of the team is somewhat off when attacking and defending and it showed in Liverpool defence conceding more than 50 league goals. While Flanagan did a great job at left-back, he's next in line to replace Johnson at right-back.
With Enrique being the only recognised left-back at Liverpool and failed attempts to sign Davies and Moreno does this open up the door for Ryan Bertrand to link up with his former youth team manager.
Rodgers is a big admirer of Bertrand who he coached at Chelsea's youth team.He possess pace, comfortable on the ball, not afraid of attacking and making over lapping runs and tactically aware of his positioning, and can play as a wing-back if needed, Bertrand is the sort of player that ticks all of Rodgers criteria to fit in at Liverpool. While they did fail sign him on loan last season (after the Victor Moses debacle) this window could prove differently.
Chelsea holding out for £8m
Liverpool are reportedly back in the market for Bertrand for around £6 million, but Chelsea are holding out for a fee of £8 million for a player who seems to have no future at Stamford Bridge. And with Moreno (their number one target) being deemed too expensive to sign, Bertrand could prove to be a bargain piece of business for Liverpool if they meet Chelsea's £8 million evaluation.
With a strong core of English players at his disposal with the likes of Gerrard, Lallana, Sterling, Henderson, Lambert, Johnson and Flanagan, Rodgers will know that Bertrand will slot in effortlessly at the club and could challenge Jose Enrique for the left-back spot.
Rodgers has the capability to resurrect Bertrand's stuttering career at Liverpool and with Champions League football back in Merseyside and the low cost for a Premier League defender who knows the pace and physicality of the game the deal seems even more lucrative for both parties.
Bertrand is a talented player non the less, he has been unlucky playing second fiddle to the ever consistent Ashley Cole, and at 24 years of age he is no longer a young player - as this season could prove to be a make or break season for the Englishman.