Brendan Rodgers take note: Five alternatives to Nathaniel Clyne for Liverpool

first_img 5 5 1. Daryl Janmaat – Would the Dutchman be willing to jump ship and leave St James’ Park after just one season on Tyneside? – When Janmaat agreed to sign for Newcastle United from Feyenoord last summer, he probably didn’t expect to spend half of his first season in English football season fighting relegation. Although the majority of the Toon army have been on the beach since January, Janmaat is one of few players at the club to emerge with credit, having installed himself as one of the division’s most creative full-backs. The 25-year-old’s deliveries from wide areas have seen him claim a healthy assist return and the on-going uncertainty on Tyneside could see the club vulnerable to bids for their prize assets. Newcastle paid a reported fee of £5million for the Netherlands international a year ago and a small increase on this could be enough to take him to Liverpool. 5 3. Dani Alves – Liverpool’s efforts to sign the Brazilian could be considered ambitious, but Brendan Rodgers should aim high, shouldn’t he? Click the yellow arrow above, right, to see the other full backs that should be on Liverpool’s radar this summer – The 32-year-old does not represent a long-term solution given that he is approaching the twilight of his career, but he would certainly bring a wealth of experience to Liverpool’s party. The flamboyant Brazilian has been a stalwart at the Camp Nou since 2008 but is set to become a free agent this summer. He may yet decide to sign an extension with the Catalan outfit, but is expected to receive a flurry of offers if he fails to do so. Alves’ wages would not be cheap, but he could finally provide the firepower and defensive nous that has been lacking from Liverpool’s side while Glen Johnson has been their best option. However, it is also worth noting that should Alves leave, Montoya would stay put. 5 5 5. Martin Montoya – Could the Spain international become Brendan Rodgers’ regular right-back? Click the yellow arrow above, right, to see the other full-backs that should be on Liverpool’s radar this summer – The Spaniard joined Barcelona’s youth system in 1999 and has steadily made his way through the club’s ranks. However, he has failed to bridge the gap to the first-team on a regular basis. Opportunities have been sporadic at best and, given that he is now 24 years of age, the time could be right to move on if he is to prove his ambition. Eight appearances in La Liga is simply not enough for a man of his talent and a chance to get out and play regularly in the Premier League would be an appealing prospect. 4. Kieran Trippier – The recently relegated Burnley defender lacks long-term experience at the top level but would be a relatively cheap option. Click the yellow arrow above, right, to see the other full backs that should be on Liverpool’s radar this summer – The Bury-born Burnley defender began his career at Manchester City and went on to captain the Citizens’ reserve side. However, he failed to break into the first-team fold, due to a flurry of new arrivals during Sheikh Mansour’ spell in charge at the Etihad Stadium. Trippier joined the Clarets permanently in 2012 and has established himself as a creative and reliable presence on the right hand side of Sean Dyche’s defence. Trippier’s debut season in the top-flight ended in relegation, but he emerged with plenty of credit. He is by no means a marquee signing, but could be purchased with little to no fuss and suits Rodgers’ eagerness to deploy attacking full-backs. Glen Johnson is gone. Javier Manquillo hasn’t cut the mustard.Jon Flanagan’s fitness continues to falter. Andre Wisdom has been anonymous at West Bromwich Albion.The solution to Liverpool’s problematic right back position is yet to be found by under-fire boss Brendan Rodgers.Emre Can certainly isn’t an answer either.Southampton’s Nathaniel Clyne could be, but it was no surprise to see the Merseysiders’ derisory £10 million bid for the England international knocked back earlier this week.The 24-year-old may be out of contract next sumer, but it seems doubtful that Ronald Koeman will allow another one of the Saints’ key players to swap St Mary’s for Anfield unless a sizeable fee is sent his way.So, with a deal for Clyne unlikely, which other right sided defenders should be on Liverpool’s radar?There are several talented players on the market and you can click the yellow arrow above, right, to see who talkSPORT thinks could do a job in front of the Kop next season. 2. Carl Jenkinson – The one-time England international has flourished after being granted regular football by West Ham United this season. Click the yellow arrow above, right, to see the other full-backs that should be on Liverpool’s radar this summer – Ironically, had Jenkinson decided to stay put at Arsenal this season, he could have finally got his chance to prove his worth to Arsene Wenger due to Mathieu Debuchy’s injury troubles. However, his loan spell with West Ham United has seen his reputation soar. Question marks used to hang over the Englishman’s head but he has been a key member of the Hammers’ rear-guard throughout the campaign. With Sam Allardyce’s departure confirmed, the likelihood that a permanent move to Upton Park will be agreed is diminishing. Meanwhile, with Hector Bellerin and Calum Chambers ahead of Jenkinson in the pecking order in north London, the red half of Merseyside is a potential destination. last_img read more