CAN TIERNEY HELP LIVERPOOL MOVE ON FROM RIISE?
Liverpool are reportedly chasing the signature of Celtic left back Kieran Tierney. That can only mean Alberto Moreno’s time is up at Anfield.
Granted, the Spaniard had a good debut season before his defensive naivety found him out in subsequent ones.It is somehow surreal that a club like Liverpool find themselves being unlucky at getting a competent left back since Norwegian John Arne Riise called it quits and moved to Roma.
The position doesn’t correlate that much with the chances of success provided the midfield and of course the center forward, wings and attacks in general are in good hands. The problem with having weak full backs gets more apparent when the rest of the team are not beefed with enough quality that can cover for the shortcomings of the full backs.
Thereare reasons players like Marcelo can flourish in games after all quality players like Sergio Ramos in defence and Casemiro in defensive midfield can abate the dangers posed with the Brazilians forward marauds.
The Reds are clearly not at the same level to take such risks and that is why during spirit lifting attacking era of Luis Suarez, Daniel Sturridge and Philippe Coutinho, Moreno’s shortcomings escaped criticisms but since Anfield witnessed a step down in quality and hence being forced to defend more than they were used to few seasons ago, the fragility of the left back position resumed.
For a club that have spent a fair share of transfer funds chasing left backs in almost every season having a winger turned midfielder – James Milner – man the troubled spot means they woefully failed at pinning down a reliable personnel in the much needed position.Milner is even right footed. The Kop army can only hope such arrangement gets terminated sooner than later starting with the arrival of the highly rated Bhoy.