By Alex Stevens
Jurgen Klopp is ready to abandon his pursuit of another left-back and use James Milner as a solution in emergencies at Liverpool this season, according to a report.
Klopp’s pursuit of Leicester defender Ben Chilwell is now over after the teenager signed a new contract on Thursday, while the Anfield manager has failed to land one of a number of other youthful left-back targets.
The Telegraph claim that the versatile Milner is now emerging as a genuine option to fill the position in an emergency and finished the International Champions Cup against Chelsea on Thursday at left-back.
This would mean the error-prone Alberto Moreno starting the campaign as first-choice, with Milner regarded as the senior back-up.
Liverpool’s manager had spent the summer chasing Chilwell but was forced to walk away after the England Under 21 international indicated that he wasn’t ready to move to Anfield.
The Telegraph claim Leicester rejected an offer worth £7million for Chilwell – consisting of an initial £3.5million with a further £3.5million in add-ons – and made it clear to the Merseysiders that he was not for sale.
Moreno, who endured a torrid experience in the Europa League final against Sevilla, is set to earn a reprieve, and assuming he does not sustain any fitness issues, he will begin the new campaign in that role.
Ragnar Klavan, who arrived from Augsburg earlier this month, can play left-back, so too can Nathaniel Clyne but Klopp, during training sessions at Stanford University, has experimented with Milner in that position, as he examines all options.
In other Liverpool transfer news, Klopp is eyeing a fresh move for a midfielder and a £35million bid will seal the deal.