As well as Virgil van Dijk being heavily linked to Liverpool, Ryan Bertrand has become one of Liverpool’s top transfer targets this season.
Liverpool’s problems at left-back have been going on what feels like an age, with James Milner performing well in his new position this season, however he isn’t a long-term option.
Ryan Bertrand was one of the very first Chelsea players to be involved in their ‘revolving-door’ youth policy, and he was sold to Southampton for £11m in 2015.
Bertrand’s an energetic left-back who can get up and down the left-flank with ease, as well as committing to his defensive duties.
With Liverpool having secured European football next season, Liverpool have to sign a left-back in order to add depth and quality to the shaky defence.
Fortunately, Bertrand has Champions League pedigree, and started as a left-winger for Chelsea, as they beat Bayern Munich at the Allianz in 2011/12 Champions League final – meaning he has the same number of Champions League medals than the entirety of Liverpool’s squad (Daniel Sturbridge was in the same side).
Bertrand has helped the current Southampton side concrete their status as a Premier League quality team as they qualified for the Europa League ahead of the 2016/17 season.
In my opinion, Bertrand would be a good signing. He would improve The Reds’ defence however at the opportunity cost of a reliable James Milner, who (because of his age and Liverpool’s quantity of centre-midfielders) may see the exit door if the transfer materialises.
If Bertrand signs at the same time as Virgil van Dijk (who is heavily linked to Liverpool), Liverpool could potentially secure the leak across the back four.
A negative of the transfer is that it furthers the view that Liverpool only sign Southampton players, with Liverpool signing five Southampton players for a total of £98m in the past two summer transfer windows.
I think the signing of Ryan Bertrand would be good for the Reds… but there are other, better options such as Sead Kolasinac, Jetro Willems and Jose Gaya.