There have been rumours in recent days that, following Liverpool’s protracted, and ultimately failed, pursuit of Sevilla’s Alberto Moreno, they have now turned their attention to Chelsea’s Ryan Bertrand in an attempt to shore up the defence that was at times so porous last season.
The question is, is Bertrand really the player Liverpool want? The answer, at least at the moment, is probably not.
Bertrand is now 24 years old, he is hardly about to burst onto the scene as the next big thing at left back and he struggled to make a big difference to even Aston Villa’s leaky defence last season, as they conceded over two goals per game during his time there.
Not good enough for Chelsea
He is certainly not good enough for Chelsea’s first team and he is not a significant improvement on the young players Liverpool already have in Jack Robinson and Jon Flanagan, who are both much younger than the stalling Bertrand.
The fact is, if Liverpool are not to buy a dynamic, world-class left back such as Moreno or Wolfsburg’s Ricardo Rodriguez then they should keep their money. Other teams know that they have the Suarez money to spend and thus prices will always be inflated. There is no point wasting it on players who are not going to improve the group.
Rodgers spending wisely
Rodgers has thus far been wise with his money, signing a mixture of experience and exciting young talent. Ryan Bertrand, unfortunately, is neither, and Liverpool should let him try to prove himself for another season either at Chelsea or on loan before they even think of making a move.
With the return of José Enrique from injury, and the competent Jon Flanagan and Jack Robinson - who has looked to have a maturity beyond his 20 years in pre-season – providing cover at left-back, Liverpool at the moment do not need to waste their money on a defender who is little better than mediocre. True, there is a dearth of top quality left-backs in the game these days, but this is an opportunity Liverpool can certainly afford to miss.