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Liverpool Defenders Assessed: Who Should Play Leftback Next Season?

And we’re cracking on with our summer feature, today Two Liverpool Fans’ talks about what the options are for the left-back role for next season.

For this feature’s purposes, the formation Liverpool are deploying is a 4-4-2. (note: Johnson was picked as the player who should play rightback for us next season)

Option A: Fabio Aurelio

When he’s at full fitness, Aurelio is both secure defensively as well as great offensively. Good at going forward and an excellent distributor of the ball. Furthermore, he tracks back well and he gets the job done at the back. Perhaps his biggest asset: the dead ball. A wonderful free kick specialist, along with a corner kick taker.

The Brazilian is a wonderful full-back, and could be one of the best in the world, had his injuries not caused him such a stop-start career at Anfield.

Option B: Jack Robinson

The youngest player to make an appearance in Liverpool colours in the Premier League and he impressed with several sound displays at the back, with perhaps his biggest praises coming from his display against Arsenal on the back end of last season. Not seen too much of him, but judging from what I’ve seen, the main focus of his game is in defence, and he’s pretty good at tracking back, doing pretty well to keep a pacey player like Walcott at bay for such a long period of time at the Emirates.

Can stand up to the pressure, and he’s certainly one for the future at Liverpool.

Option C: Danny Wilson

The most untried option so far, with him getting only two league appearances all season. Came in with a lot of promise and I think that he is more than capable of delivering that promise that saw Liverpool bring him to Anfield for a fee of just more than a million pounds. I however believe that next season is NOT the season where he will breakthrough.

Option D: A Transfer In

A lot of rumours coming in for Liverpool’s left back position. Among mentioned are Newcastle’s Jose Enrique, Arsenal’s Gael Clichy and Everton’s Leighton Baines. Due to the rivalry bad blood, I will directly cross out Baines as an option. Both Clichy and Enrique are more attacking minded full-backs and they would/should be able to win the leftback spot should either sign for Liverpool in the summer.

My Choice

Gael Clichy is my choice, and there are many good reasons for this. One being that he will come cheap, being that Arsenal are willing to toss away the Frenchman for around 8 million pounds and the second reason being that he’s world-class. He is great at going forward and his marking/defending is pretty good as well.

Submitted by Two Liverpool Fans




  1. aad966

    June 30, 2011 at 2:29 pm

    its obvious u dont watch arsenal games… he is a liability when it comes to defending as most of our goals have come with him being out of position or him trying to make a stupid tackle way up the field… secondly he is good at dribbling and running with the balls but his crosses make u want to kill him…

    hopefully we get rid of him…

  2. Fitz

    June 30, 2011 at 2:45 pm

    I could have sworn most of Arsenals problems are when Arshavin decides he’s finished running and Clichy has to deal with the left side of the field completely, say what you want about Clichy the last player Arsenal have from the invincibles but Arsenal don’t have a defencive leader if they did perhaps Clichy would have more structure to his game let Carra shout at him (add some patience until Clichy learns to understand the Scouse accent first) for a while and see if he learns.

  3. vi

    June 30, 2011 at 3:07 pm

    emiliano ensua i saw nothing wrong

    • Peter

      June 30, 2011 at 3:38 pm

      too slow, and couldn’t defend a sandcastle from a baby

  4. john

    June 30, 2011 at 3:17 pm

    actually Clichy was at fault for many critical goals. Not necessarily alot, but crucial ones. While trying to claw back from a deficit, he bombs forward but loses the ball to the opposing winger. This opens up an attacking opportunity for the other team and they counterattack. Center backs then have to cover but it is against a winger so center backs are seriously outpaced. Konscienly and Squillaci gave up penalties and goals while they were tracking for Sagna or CLichy. Likewise, Kyrgiakos, Skrtle, Agger, and Carragher are all pretty bad against fast wingers.

  5. Liverbird

    June 30, 2011 at 3:27 pm

    Emiliano Insua?

  6. GunnerPete

    June 30, 2011 at 5:05 pm

    I dont know who you are (author of this nonsense)What do you mean £8 mill? Secondly….if Liverpool paid £20 mill for Henderson…unproven…..Manure paid £20 for Jones…hardly worldclass…..what makes you think a world class international full back with hundreds of top games inc Euro cup final etc will be sold for £8 mill…….get real sunshine AFC will not listen to offers under £15 mill. Sadly there are no Pool players we would even take in exchange either. By the way, no one at Arsenal would worry if the Pool signed Clichy so put in a sensible offer and tell King Kenny to stop having a laugh and you can have him.

  7. oskan

    June 30, 2011 at 5:25 pm

    GunnerPete. Its eıther 8m or 0 by next year.

  8. kid quame

    June 30, 2011 at 5:37 pm

    i second, dudes. Insua the only option

  9. Mr.Akash

    June 30, 2011 at 6:08 pm

    john arne riise plsssssssssssssssssss

  10. kop

    June 30, 2011 at 6:13 pm

    i think we need left back is marcelo and juan vargas

  11. Neverman

    June 30, 2011 at 6:21 pm

    DOE! Don’t you hate it when you write something and it just doesn’t matter. Looks like Clichy isn’t cheep nor available. He’s taking the money at Chity.

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