Liverpool Transfer News: Adriano Would Fix Reds' Backline Issues

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Liverpool Transfer News: Adriano Would Fix Reds' Backline Issues
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Adriano Correia blends a high level of defensive excellence with attacking threat.

Liverpool have enjoyed a stellar season so far under Brendan Rodgers, but there is one position that continues to cause the Reds manager sleepless nights.

Well known issues in the left-back position have seen Liverpool recently express an interest in Barcelona's Adriano Correia, per Metro.

The report claims that Rodgers will offer £6 million for the Brazilian at the end of the season and with the 29-year-old unhappy at a lack of playing time under Gerardo Martino, it's a deal which may suit all parties.

FootballFeedMe's Twitter identified just where the problem lies:

An 89 percent pass completion rate, per, compares extremely favourably with others that have held the position at Anfield this season.

Glen Johnson's percentage of 82.6 is slightly ahead of Jon Flanagan (81.5), Jose Enrique (80.4) and Aly Cissokho (79.8), 

Johnson and Flanagan have generally operated on the right side, and whilst not his natural position, the two-footed Brazilian could slot in there too.

It doesn't solve the conundrum this side of the summer, but it would certainly give Rodgers further variation and top-end ability in the defensive areas if they were to secure Adriano's signature.

And lest we forget just how good the Brazilian is when going forward too:

At present, Rodgers is having to "make-do-and-mend" in the position. That Flanagan and now Johnson are being utilised on the left tells you all you need to know about the manager's concerns.

Enrique has endured a torrid time throughout the season with injuries and despite undergoing surgery, the Spaniard continues to be hampered by concerns with his knee.

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Out of action since November 2013, Enrique is, according to Phil Kirkbride of the Liverpool Echo, now in the United States for specialist treatment.

It remains to be seen whether this will be successful, but there will surely be a question mark as to whether he will return the same player given the seriousness of the problem.

Cissokho was signed on a season-long loan from Valencia in August 2013 to provide competition in the position, but he has been anything but decent competition.

So badly has he performed, per WhoScored, that Rodgers has been forced to select Flanagan and Johnson, both natural right-backs, ahead of the Frenchman.

To that end, Rodgers has decided not to extend Cissokho's loan deal per ESPN. The manager was somewhat diplomatic when he said:

Aly has come in and done his best.

He was not in the team to start with, and then he got injured. Aly has come in and performed to the best of his capabilities.

Jordi Alba remains Barcelona's preferred left-back when fit and is likely to be a fixture in the Catalans' first XI as we countdown to the end of the current campaign.

Correia has always provided able back up to both Alba and previously to Eric Abidal but perhaps it's time for him, at 29, to claim a regular starting berth elsewhere.

European qualification is virtually assured for Liverpool and they will certainly present a far more attractive proposition for incoming personnel.

As will Rodgers' blend of attacking football which continues to win him many plaudits on Merseyside and beyond.

Adriano Correia's European experience will ensure he fits right into this Anfield revolution.

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