Despite Liverpool's successes in front of goal last season, it was clearly apparent they needed to strengthen their defence. They have now gone some way to addressing this with the capture of Javier Manquillo on loan from Atletico Madrid.
Liverpool's official Twitter announced the capture on Wednesday:
Manquillo instantly registered his delight at the move via the Reds' official website:
I'm very happy to have signed for a club like Liverpool. I think it's one of the biggest in Europe. Any footballer would want to come and play here.
When they tell you Liverpool want to sign you, I think like any player, you are going to be absolutely amazed and you don't think of anything else than going straight there.
The right-back has been brought in to provide cover and competition for Glen Johnson in defence and will help Brendan Rodgers boost his squad numbers before the Reds embark on a physically challenging Champions League campaign.
The 20-year-old only featured three times for the La Liga champions last year, per WhoScored.com, on their way to breaking the dominance of Real Madrid and Barcelona in the Spanish top division. But the youngster is seen as an excellent prospect and will see more game time at Anfield.
Ben Burrows of the Mirror recently reported that Manquillo has also been a target of Arsenal in recent times.
The Spanish youth international has been monitored by many teams, but it is the Anfield club who have captured him with the view to a permanent transfer in the future, per Burrows.
Ed Malyon also wrote in the Mirror about the player's arrival and how Liverpool have become astute at spotting and signing great young talent:
It won't be one for the headlines. Nor will it be a signing that defines their season. But Liverpool's move to secure Javi Manquillo is more evidence of something the Anfield club is doing better than most at the moment - finding young talent at great prices. [...]
A two-year loan allows them to chart the progress of the Spaniard as Glen Johnson's eventual successor, while a paltry €6 million purchase clause could be made to look especially silly if he develops as promised over the next 24 months.
Malyon is correct in his observations about Liverpool. Brendan Rodgers has shown his intelligence in the transfer market, rebuilding one of England's great clubs and laying the platform for an extremely solid and exciting future.
Johnson did not look convincing at right-back at times last season, and if Manquillo can settle quickly he may find himself as a first-team regular quicker than expected.
Jon Flanagan is proof that Rodgers will give squad players a chance if they perform to the highest standard, and Manquillo will benefit from being in such an environment.
If the player progresses into the individual that his talent dictates, he will become a steal of a signing for the Merseyside club.
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