Liverpool’s 4-3 opening day Premier League win over Arsenal has instilled confidence in Reds fans that Jurgen Klopp can lead the team to a successful season in 2016-17.
The former Borussia Dortmund trainer has added a number of new faces to his squad for the campaign and it appears that the German’s footballing ideologies are sinking in at Anfield.
Klopp has strengthened across the pitch and the strength in depth in his Liverpool squad now looks considerably more evident than in the group he inherited from Brendan Rodgers.
— Sky Sports Football (@SkyFootball) August 18, 2016
However, a perceived chink in the Red armour is at left-back, where the presence of Alberto Moreno continues to draw criticism and irk a section of the Kop.
The Spanish full-back looked like the weak link in the victory over Arsenal and has not convinced since moving to Merseyside from Sevilla in 2014.
A host of potential new recruits to offer a more-rounded option than Moreno have been touted in the press, but as yet an improved left-back has not arrived at Anfield.
One man that was available this summer, has impressed over the last 18 months and could have solved Liverpool’s woes in their problem position is Raphael Guerreiro.
— David (@Davidmonaco10) July 6, 2016
The Portugal international has been in the gaze of European scouts for a considerable amount of time after progressive displays for modest French side Lorient.
Plenty of Premier League clubs, including Liverpool at one time, were being linked with a move for Guerreiro but Borussia Dortmund won the race for his signature this summer.
The 22-year-old starred as Portugal won Euro 2016 and looks set to slot into the Bundesliga side’s starting XI.
Raphaël Guerreiro with a naughty nutmeg on Aubameyang in the Borussia Dortmund warm-up. pic.twitter.com/E2bd97EGkq
— Football Vines (@FootballVines) August 14, 2016
A dogged defender with good positional sense, the French-born wideman’s performances on the front foot, delivery and enterprising runs into the opposition half have captured the imagination of late.
For Liverpool, using initiative to land someone of Guerreiro’s ability six months ago was not impossible, especially as a new left-back has been an area of priority.
Given that Dortmund spent less on Guerreiro than the Reds did on Moreno, the Portuguese defender must be viewed as one that got away for the Anfield outfit.