Liverpool have been looking to add a quality defender all summer, and they appear to have finally found a fit in Aly Cissokho.
David Anderson of the Mirror reported that the French left-back has come to Anfield on a year-long loan:
Aly Cissokho is set to become Liverpool’s fifth summer signing when he completes a loan move today.
Cissokho had a medical yesterday on Merseyside and is joining from Valencia for the season. Brendan Rodgers wants him to provide competition for Jose Enrique at left-back and has the option of making the French defender’s move permanent next summer for £4million.
Finding a left-back has been a goal for quite some time for manager Brendan Rodgers. As Andy Hunter of The Guardian notes, the club also made bids for Lorenzo Melgarejo at Benfica and Guilherme Siqueira of Granada.
However, the fact that he was able to complete a move for Cissokho is a big deal for the upcoming season.
The 25-year-old player was a regular contributor at Lyon in Ligue 1 before transferring to Valencia last season. He then made 25 appearances (18 starts) for the club as he helped it finish fifth in La Liga.
When he gets a chance to play, Cissokho will showcase his strong tackling ability to prevent opposing attacks, as well as the skill to complete long passes with ease. This will help improve Liverpool on both ends of the pitch.
Of course, first-team minutes are far from guaranteed at left-back for the Reds. Jose Enrique has shown plenty of ability at the position and should remain the starter even with the latest transfer.
The 27-year-old player has worked well with the current roster of players and combines with Daniel Agger, Kolo Toure and Glen Johnson to form a formidable back line.
Still, Cissokho remains a smart addition based on the fact that cover is needed for when Enrique is injured, which has been quite a bit over the years.
Bringing in a player to challenge for playing time will also motivate the veteran to stay focused on improving before he loses starts down the line.
By the end of the year, Liverpool can decide that Cissokho was not needed, and he will be sent back to Valencia. This would not be seen as a waste, but instead a useful tactic to get the best out of Enrique.
On the other hand, the defender might exceed expectations and earn a spot on the first team by the end of the season. At that point, the club will get an option to keep him around at a minimal cost and have a secure option at the position for the future.
This is a perfect low-risk, high-reward move at the end of the transfer window to help the club move up the league table. With most of the recent discussion concerning Luis Suarez, it is nice for some positive news to come out of Anfield.
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