Liverpool are looking for any way to improve heading into next season, and they seemed to have found an opportunity to get better by adding Lorenzo Melgarejo.
As David McDonnell of Mirror Football reports:
Liverpool have made a surprise loan move for Benfica defender Lorenzo Melgarejo.
Boss Brendan Rodgers is keen to find a back up left back for injury prone Jose Enrique, and he sees the versatile 22 year old—who can also play in a more attacking role—as the perfect option.
McDonnell also states that the young player is keen on making a move to a more competitive league after spending last season in Portugal.
This would be a nice way to add depth for Liverpool while also helping the club prepare for the future.
Like Jose Enrique, Melgarejo is a versatile player who can spend time at left-back as well as the midfield or even as a winger. He was a regular contributor on Benfica, which had a deep run in the Europa League before falling to Chelsea in the final.
Combining the success in that tournament with a handful of matches in Champions League, it is clear that Melgarejo has more than enough experience against the best to believe he would do well in the Premier League.
Even if he is not ready, manager Brendan Rodgers will have the ability to bring him along slowly while limiting his starts. If he still struggles, Enrique will continue to get his usual playing time at the position.
Of course, the fact that the veteran only started 25 matches last season is a bit concerning. This makes the move for Melgarejo even smarter, as he can fill in for any time Enrique is forced to miss.
Still, the most important impact of this potential move would be for the future. At 22 years old, the Benfica player has the ability to be a top player at his position in the league. He can prove himself in his one-year loan that he is worthy of a larger contract and become part of the long-term solution for Liverpool.
On the other hand, there is little risk if he struggles. The loan allows the two sides to part after the year with no harm done to the club.
While it seems odd that a young player would forfeit playing time in order to come to a club on a trial run, it is clear that he is ready to make sacrifices in order to play in the Premier League. Liverpool have to take advantage of this situation.
The squad has a great opportunity in front of it; management now has to do whatever it takes to complete this deal.
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