Carragher: This is the position Liverpool need to sign a new player
By Will Butcher
Former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher has called on boss Jurgen Klopp to sign a new left-back, despite James Milner’s impressive performance against Barcelona.
He joins Norwegian powerhouse John Arne-Riise in stating that the Reds are in desperate need of a left-back, with Alberto Moreno being the only left-sided defender in the squad.
Carragher is keen for the former Borussia Dortmund manager to focus on signing a new player in the left side of the defence after the loss of Brad Smith to Bouremouth.
“James Milner has a good understanding of the game and great fitness levels,”Carragher told Sky Sports, as quoted by their website. “But of course Liverpool need to sign a left-back.
“They have sold Brad Smith to Bournemouth and you need two players for every position so they need someone else alongside Alberto Moreno.”
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Doubts have been raised over Spanish international Moreno’s performances in a red shirt, but remained as Klopp’s first-choice left-back last season as he made 50 appearances in all competitions.
Carragher, who made an astounding 737 appearances in all competitions for Liverpool during his 17 seasons as a Red, believes that vice-captain Milner should not be considered as a long-term left-back.
“Milner did a good job against Barcelona,” he said. “But you certainly wouldn’t to go into the season without one more recognised left-back.”
Liverpool have trailed a number of left-back targets this summer, including Ben Chilwell, Jetro Willems and Jonas Hector.
But principal target Chilwell put pen to paper last month on a long-term Leicester contract to end Klopp’s pursuit.
In other Liverpool transfer news, the Reds are set to miss out on this former Barcelona winger as he has made a move to this Serie A outfit.