It’s no secret that Liverpool need a left-back.
Jurgen Klopp has been using James Milner in an unorthodox full-back position throughout the 2016-17 season with relative success.
Milner’s performances have earned praise with some even suggesting that the Liverpool vice-captain is amongst the best left-backs in the Premier League.
However, it isn’t a long-term solution for Klopp. The Liverpool manager must know this as he prepares for a summer of transfer activity.
So what other options does the charismatic Reds manager have at left-back?
It is clear that the German doesn’t trust Alberto Moreno. The Spain international started Liverpool’s 4-3 win at Arsenal but was heavily criticised for an erratic performance at the Emirates Stadium.
Moreno’s north London display came less than three months after his catastrophic mistakes in the Europa League final. The Spanish defender was culpable for two of Sevilla’s three goals in a 3-1 loss in Basel.
There is one left-back rumoured to be up for sale that would fit the bill for Klopp and Liverpool – Luke Shaw.
Manchester United are thought to be holding out for £16m for Shaw, which Liverpool would surely view as a very appealing price given his age and potential.
Whether the Red Devils would be willing to make a loss in the region of £10m on Shaw, who completed a big-money move to Manchester United from Louis van Gaal in the 2014 summer transfer window.
Shaw’s Old Trafford career has been hampered by injuries and a loss of form. His current manager Jose Mourinho doesn’t appear to rate Shaw, criticising his work-rate and his ability to make decisions on the pitch.
The Liverpool boss could be the perfect coach to put his arm around Shaw and help restore the promising defender to his former self.
Klopp could continue with Milner and ease Shaw into the left-back role.
Would Manchester United sell to Liverpool?
Well, Sir Alex Ferguson didn’t allow Gabriel Heinze to move to Liverpool in 2011 and Jose Mourinho would surely be loathe to present his rival Klopp with the chance to kickstart Shaw’s career.
It could backfire spectacularly on the Manchester United boss.