Molby: Liverpool failed in this area of the transfer market
By Dominic Toner
Jan Molby has revealed he is surprised that Liverpool did not sign a new left-back in the summer.
Jurgen Klopp was content not to sign a new defender in the closing stages of the transfer window and will remain with Alberto Moreno and James Milner as his senior options at left-back.
Spaniard Moreno was under-fire during the early stages of the season for his performances and was criticised for his defensive frailties.
As a result midfielder Milner was drafted in to replace him as Liverpool’s left-back and delivered a solid performance in the 1-1 draw against Tottenham, in which he scored a first-half penalty.
Former Liverpool midfielder Molby has questioned Klopp’s decision not to purchase a new defender and feels Milner must continue for the meantime.
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“I think I’d probably have gone back in for a left-back because it’s a long way back for Alberto Moreno I feel,” Molby wrote in the Echo. “Certainly James Milner must continue there in the short term. Of course there’s the question of which left-back they could have got.”
Liverpool were linked with several full-backs during the window including Jonas Hector and Leicester duo Christian Fuchs and Ben Chilwell.
For the foreseeable future 30-year-old Milner looks set to continue his new role and be the solution to Moreno’s misfortune.
Summer signing Ragnar Klavan does have the ability to fill in at left-back however the strong defender is more suited to the physical battle at centre-back.
Klopp demands his full-backs to get involved with the attack, something that Nathaniel Clyne has excelled at in the right-back position, however Moreno has struggled with the defensive side of his game.
The German has been busy in the transfer window and Sadio Mane was their biggest deal of the window after joining for £34million.
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