Liverpool's quest to add a left-back to provide competition for Jose Enrique has failed to yield any results. That's why it's important for Brendan Rodgers to make a serious push for Guilherme Siqueira before the transfer window closes.
While the Reds have made a handful of additions during the offseason, the two biggest remaining needs are left-back and attacking depth. Neil Jones of the Liverpool Echo reports the club is hopeful Siqueira is the player to fill the defensive void.
Moves for Aly Cissokho of Valencia, and Lorenzo Melgarejo of Benfica have been considered, but it is Siqueira who has now emerged as the prime target, and Liverpool are confident of concluding a deal to sign the 27-year-old Brazilian on a permanent basis before the transfer window closes in three weeks’ time.
The report states the asking price by Granada is around £6 million. It's certainly not an unreasonable fee considering the defender's strong play with the La Liga side in recent seasons. His experience at that level would allow him to make a quick transition.
That said, there's a major difference between pursuing a player as a top target and actually getting a deal done. The lack of Champions League play makes it tough for Liverpool to reel in the top players Rodgers needs to fully complete the rebuild.
Luckily for the Reds, the report doesn't mention any other clubs being viewed as serious competition for Siqueira. Avoiding a bidding war while also adding a steady veteran to the defense corps is exactly the type of move the club needs.
The Brazilian defender is a prototypical left-back. He's confident on the ball and likes to move forward. On the attack, he's shown underrated distribution skills, and playing at Liverpool would probably give him more chances to show off that talent.
Last season, Granada finished near the bottom of La Liga. It meant Siqueira didn't get as much opportunity to move forward. With Liverpool, he wouldn't have to spent as much time solely focused on defending, allowing him to flourish.
That said, he's also dependable in the defensive third. He's not an elite defender by any means, but he's good enough to provide serious competition for Enrique, who experienced some dips in form last season.
Competition can be a negative when it drives a stake in the squad and forces players to choose sides. But that doesn't seem like that would be the case here. Siqueira and Enrique are both capable of being assets on the outside for Liverpool and could push each other to new heights.
Whether it's Siqueira or another one of the options mentioned, Rodgers must work hard in the coming weeks to find another left-back. The only other option if an issue arose would be to shift Glen Johnson and reshuffle the back line, but that's not preferable.
Siqueira is an ideal target, and now the pressure is on Liverpool to get a deal done.