Liverpool FC: 5 Players Who Will Solve the Left-Back Problem Once and for All
It is no secret that Liverpool need a new left defender. The case was the same last season when Roy Hodgson took over.
Full of confidence, Hodgson would sign Paul Konchesky from his former club Fulham. Konchesky would bust and has since moved on to Leicester city.
Needless to say, the Anfield club still needs a left-back.
All summer, Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish has been desperately seeking a new option. Countless players have been linked with a spot, but now is the time to settle on one candidate for Dalglish.
Here are five players who would immediately end Liverpool's search for many years to come.
The most expensive option on this list is the most controversial. He also happens to be one of the very best left-backs in the world.
Leighton Baines, who is currently at Liverpool's cross-city rivals Everton, would cost Liverpool £15 million to £20 million, but he would be well worth the money as he is very much on the rise and will overtake Ashley Cole as England's first-choice left-back in a few years.
He qould be a permanent option and is very much in line with Kenny Dalglish and chief of football Damien Comolli's transfer policy of signing young English players with high sell-on value.
The deal was off a while ago, but at the right price, it could very much be back on.
This Frenchman could be Dalglish's first choice for the job, and the Anfield club were very close to signing him in July before his club, Lyon, raised the price at the last minute forcing the Scot to pull out.
The original transfer fee was reported to be £9 million before it went up to £15 million.
Cissokho, 23, plays a similar game to Glen Johnson, and the two could create a dynamic offensive fullback duo for Liverpool. He has scored one goal in his two seasons at Lyon.
Jose Enrique has been linked with Liverpool for a long, long time. Dalglish spoke of him in January, in fact.
In June, the Reds took a hard run at him, but Newcastle always wanted just a little too much. Now, reports say the clubs have finally agreed a fee.
Jose Enrique looks set to join Liverpool in the coming days. The price is believed to be £10 million.
A bargain, many would say.
Funnily enough, Enrique is eligible to join the England National Team a season from now unless he is capped by Spain in that time.
Jack Robinson showed in a cameo role last year that he has the skill, poise and patience to be a player at this level already at the tender age of 17.
The only question Kenny Dalglish will be asking himself is, "Is Robinson physically ready to be a key player for a key team for a whole season?"
The answer might be no.
Regardless, Robinson is the cheapest option for the Kop and right now appears to be the long-term solution on the flank.
Stephen Warnock has in recent seasons developed into one of the best fullbacks in England. A late-bloomer, the 29-year-old has really made a name for himself at Aston Villa in the past two seasons and has been on Liverpool's radar for a while.
The Metro are reporting that if Liverpool are unable to complete the signing of Enrique, they will shoot for Warnock. While he isn't as young as Baines, he has shown that he is still developing and nobody knows how high his ceiling might be.
He definitely has a high sell-on value.