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11 years ago, yesterday we signed Fabio Aurellio, a player who some may argue, along with John Arne Riise to be pretty decent left backs for Liverpool. However, since then it would be fair to say we have had some trouble in that area. Why have we not been able to get it right? There are a couple who have done okay, Jon Flanagan during that exceptional title charge in 2014 and maybe Dossena was not as bad as we remember, considering what has come after him. Overall though the theme is ???terrible’. The most notable name in the extensive list of problematic Liverpool left backs is a certain Paul Konchesky. A man who epitomised the transfer policy of Woy Hodgson (less said about that season the better) . Konchesky was simply not good enough for Liverpool and has struggled in the lower league teams ever since. Another bad left back was Jose Enrique. He was a bit better than Konchesky. He managed a solid half a season before completely forgetting how to defend. His poor performance in the FA Cup final in 2012 may have cost us a second trophy that year and perhaps King Kenny’s job to boot. Emmanuel Insua may have been thrust in a bit too premature in his career. He did not fare to well in Rafa Benitez’s final year in charge but has found his feet at other clubs like Sporting Lisbon and Atletico Madrid later in his career, which is fair play to the lad. Alberto Moreno, who was 25 yesterday, has been given a lot of chances at Liverpool. Ultimately though it was his performance in the 2nd half of the Europa League final against Sevilla that seems to have been the nail in the coffin for Moreno. Proving to Jurgen that the Spaniard simply cannot be trusted to perform on the big occasion. If Liverpool want to win trophy’s, there will be a lot more occasions such as this and Klopp knows it. It’s a shame, his off the pitch antics could have made him into a cult hero in the Kop if he was decent but instead it just makes him look silly. Funny how fickle football can be. So why have we not been able to get it right? I personally feel it could be down to the types of full backs that Liverpool have been looking for over the past decade. Attacking full backs are currently in fashion. Unless they are world class, many attacking focused full backs lack when it comes to defending. When you are struggling at the back anyway, like we have over the past decade, players who spend most of their time at the other end of the pitch stick out like a sore thumb. Look at Nathanial Clyne for example, solid defensively and he is well respected within the fanbase. More importantly we concede less goals from it, which as we have learnt the hard way is key to winning trophies. James Milner did an okay job last year at left back but considering his age and the fact that it is not his natural position, we should be aiming to get a young left back prospect to play as back up at the very least. What do you think Reds?
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