Liverpool must sign a new full-back before the start of the season

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Jurgen Klopp is more than capable of making transfer decisions for himself, but the suggestion that he is prepared to move into the new season with only Alberto Moreno and Nathaniel Clyne as established full-backs is certainly debatable.

The idea, according to the Liverpool Echo, is to use James Milner as emergency cover for both sides, with Jon Flanagan heading on loan to Burnley.

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This idea is backed up by the fact that he played in both the right and left-back positions during parts of the friendly defeat against Chelsea last Wednesday night, showing that Klopp is at least toying with the idea.


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Joe Gomez will be able to slot in on either side if necessary, but he is currently out injured having spent almost the entire season injured last year.

Gomez got injured again this pre-season so there is no guarantee that he will be at full pace straight away - A recurrence of an injury could also potentially occur, ruling him out for longer.

There is also the inexperienced Connor Randall, but he has done little so far to suggest that he can become a first team regular should one of Moreno or Clyne become injured or suspended.

Having either Randall or Milner playing full-back for a sustained period of time is far from ideal for a team looking to regain European football.

With no European football, Klopp has rightly tried to slim down the squad, with fewer players required, but this would be too much. Reinforcements are vital.

Earlier in the summer, Liverpool tried to buy Ben Chilwell from Leicester, but refused to pay the £10 million asking price.

They have also been consistently linked to Jonas Hector – purely because he is German, like Klopp – but there appears to be no interest in him from the club at this stage.

If Milner was required to play full-back for a period of time, it is hardly likely he would be too happy, aside from the fact that he has not proven to be effective there before.

Converting him to a full-back for Premier League games would be perilous given that Liverpool have already shown defensive frailties in recent years.

One of the prime reasons that he moved to Liverpool in the first place was the guarantee of playing in central midfield so at the very least he would have expected to play wide, as he did at Manchester City.

Waiting for the perfect long-term solution to come along (which might have been Chilwell if the asking price had been lower) is a risky strategy, it only takes one injury early in the season and there could be a huge problem.

There are question marks over whether Alberto Moreno is good enough long-term anyway, and failing to at least sign some back-up could put Liverpool in a predicament.

As Jamie Carragher tweeted following Moreno’s poor performance in the Europa League final: ‘Jurgen, Transfer Committee, anyone, sign a f*****g left-back!’.

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