8 Jun 2016

Contact Made: Liverpool hold transfer talks with 'magnificent' £5m 'machine'. Deal expected soon

The hunt for a new left-back goes on, and new reports this week suggest that Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp is now scouring the Championship for a potential replacement for Alberto Moreno.

According to an alleged exclusive from TEAMtalk this week:

"Charlie Taylor is expected to sign for Liverpool or Stoke after holding transfer talks with the two clubs, sources have told TEAMtalk. [Taylor] would [cost] around £5m".

Some info about Taylor, hailed by ex-Leeds boss Uwe Rosler as a 'magnificent' defender:

* 22-year old left-back, who can also play on the left side of midfield. Current contract expires: June 2017

* Leeds: 72 appearances (12 goals/assists). No injuries to date.

* Aug 2015: Ex-Leeds boss Uwe Rosler enthused: “Charlie’s is a machine. How he pushes himself, I find it hard to come to terms with".

* May 2016: Leeds head coach Steve Evans raved: “He [Taylor] is an outstanding talent that this football club is blessed to have and we are blessed to work with him.”

* May 2016: Former Leeds coach Greg Abbott claimed: “Charlie can go straight into a Premier League and hit the ground running. It wouldn’t be a problem.”

* Apr 2016: Named Leeds United's 'Player of the Year'.

Liverpool have a strong historical tradition of finding gems from the lower leagues, but is a Championship player with minimal top-flight experience really going to challenge Alberto Moreno, and/or be the long-term solution to the Reds' left-back woes?

On the plus side, Taylor is 6'1, which will give Liverpool more aerial power in defence, something that should (in theory) help the club improve its lamentable record of conceding goals from set-pieces.

Worth a bid?


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