Liverpool FC's left-back problem

By Jack Watson on Jul 21, 11 06:01 PM in

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The left-back position at Liverpool has been a problem ever since John-Arne Riise left the club in 2008. Emiliano Insua, Fabio Aurelio and other alternatives have been tried but none have filled the void.

Kenny Dalglish and Damien Comolli are seeking a new left-back to strengthen the defence for the coming season and many players have been linked with the club. Insua has now returned after a year-long loan to Turkish club Galatasaray but may find himself as back-up to a new arrival. Fabio Aurelio has had many injury problems during his Liverpool career, and although the Brazilian has plenty of quality, it is unlikely he will be given much playing time. Kenny Dalglish gave Glen Johnson a go at left-back last season and even brought through youngster Jack Robinson for a few games but finding a new left-back will be the priority for Dalglish now.

Players from around the globe have been linked with Liverpool; Leighton Baines of Everton, Jose Enrique of Newcastle and Aly Cissokho of Olympique Lyonnais are just three. There have been many rumours that bids have been placed for certain players, while the club are rumoured to be interested in others.

Gael Clichy - Manchester City

The Frenchman left Arsenal for Manchester City for a reported fee of around £7m and many believe he turned Liverpool down before signing for City. It was reported that the Reds made a £5m bid for Clichy before he moved to Manchester.

So that's one player now off Comolli's radar.

Leighton Baines - Everton

Everton's star player has been linked with almost every top club in England recently, due to his phenomenal performances for the Blues. Not only would Liverpool have to stump up a lot of cash for Baines, but I doubt Everton would sell one of their best players to their arch rivals.

Aly Cissokho - Olympique Lyonnais

Interest in Cissokho was thought to be high from Liverpool but reports in France suggest the club will be looking elsewhere after being linked with a £9m move.

Michel Bastos - Olympique Lyonnais

Similar to Cissokho, the links to Michel Bastos are rumour. His agent has said that top European clubs have expressed an interest in him. Chelsea, Inter, Liverpool, Tottenham and Barcelona are all said to be interested in the winger and the rumour mill was in full flow when his agent spoke of interest; "All of them are big clubs and, indeed, two of them called me to find out if the player would be interested and to possibly speak to him about their project."

Jose Enrique - Newcastle United

The Spaniard has been linked with Liverpool for quite some time now. After impressing for Newcastle in their first season back in the top-flight, Enrique is apparently stalling on contract extension negotiations. This has led to rumours flying around that Liverpool are preparing a bid (or have already made a bid) of around £11m-£15m.

Enrique would be a great signing as he is already used to the English game, can get forward and provide more support in attack and is great defensively.

Alvaro Pereira - FC Porto

The Porto and Uruguayan wing-back is the latest player to be linked with Liverpool's left-back slot. Pereira has impressed in Uruguay's run to the Copa America Final where they will face Paraguay. He apparently has a release clause in his contract of 20m Euros (around £17.5m) so he won't come cheap but he will certainly offer something in both attack and defence.

It is too hard to say who will join but out of the rumoured players, either Pereira or Enrique are the most likely players to be signed.

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