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13 May 2017

'Source' Confirms: Liverpool keen to sign 'fantastic' €25m Chelsea reject who's told friends he wants transfer this summer

The Ryan Bertrand speculation is intensifying once again, and new reports today suggest that Liverpool are close to making a concrete move for the England left-back.

Last week, The Mirror claimed that Bertrand 'has told team-mates that he will be on his way' this summer, and according to ESPN today:

"Liverpool are considering a move for Southampton's Ryan Bertrand, sources close to the player have told ESPN FC".

When asked recently about his future, Bertrand claimed he's 'happy' at Southampton, but added:

"It’s nice to get that recognition, and I suppose that will come if you play consistently in the Premier League and internationally. I learnt a long time ago not to get carried away with anything.”

Some info about Bertrand:

* Left-back. Contract expires: 2021

* Southampton: 105 apps (20 goals/assists)

* Injuries: Missed 17 games since 2013 (3x knee injuries; 1x hamstring)

* Dec 2016: Jamie Carragher selected Bertrand in his 'team of the season'.

* Nov 2016: Jamie Redknapp insisted: "Ryan Bertrand made a great move. He wasn’t getting a game at Chelsea. He looks a fantastic left-back".

* May 2017: BBC pundit Garth Crooks enthused: "I seriously suggest Jurgen Klopp pays whatever it takes to take Bertrand to Anfield. The player is in that class".

Last week, James Milner admitted that he's 'frustrated' at left-back, so now is the time to bring in a dedicated full-back to take over.

€25m-rated Bertrand fits the profile of the type of player Liverpool should try and sign this summer (experienced, consistent, mid-to-late 20s; entering prime years etc), but like Clyne, his decision-making/passing accuracy in the final third leaves a lot to be desired.

Granted, a left-back's primary role is to defend, but the way Klopp demands an attacking threat from his full-backs (who are constantly high up the field), so that aspect of the game cannot be ignored.

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