Red alert: Moreno faces growing competition for his place next season

By Dominic Toner

Liverpool are poised to sign former Barcelona defender Juanma following a successful trial, according to a report.

The Echo report that the left-back has impressed during a 10-day trial with the club and is in line to join up with the Under-23 side this season.

The former Barcelona defender is set to be offered a contract at Anfield and is scheduled to undergo a medical.

However, he is not expected to feature in the first-team in the immediate future despite growing concerns about Liverpool’s options at left-back.

The report details that Liverpool have beaten off competition from Spanish club Villarreal to secure the services of the 19-year-old.

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Liverpool fans may be somewhat disappointed with the signing as the club have been searching for a new senior left-back to join the squad.

Jurgen Klopp has already parted ways with left-back Brad Smith this summer who joined Bournemouth and has only been left with Alberto Moreno as the only recognised defender in that position.

The German manager has failed to sign Leicester’s left-back Ben Chilwell after he agreed a new contract with the Premier League champions until 2021.

Former Liverpool player John Arne-Riise told Sky Sports that the club must sign a new left-back in the transfer window as they will need competition for places.

Englishman James Milner has been used as an emergency left-back during the pre-season and Klopp may continue to use him as cover to Moreno.

Youngster Juanma is unlikely to be called into the first-team unless Liverpool suffer a defensive crisis and remains one for the future.

In other Liverpool transfer news, the club’s fans have reacted on Twitter that they want 11-goal winger.