24 Apr 2017

Klopp to Sign? Liverpool very close to sealing transfer for 'incredible' £10m international

Liverpool are reportedly very close to sealing a deal for one of the Premier League's most consistent performers.

Left-back is obviously a major transfer priority for Liverpool this summer, and according to the Daily Mail, Jurgen Klopp is taking the cheapskate route to replacing Alberto Moreno:

"Liverpool are closing in on a deal for Hull City left back Andy Robertson. Alberto Moreno...is expected to leave Anfield at the end of the campaign".

Some info about £10m-rated Robertson:

* 23-year old left-back. Contract expires: 2018.

* Hull City: 111 apps (15 goals/assists).

* Scotland: 14 apps.

* Injury History: Missed only 7 games in the last 4 years.

* Aug 2015: Scotland team-mate Steven Fletcher's assessment: "He [Robertson] has go great delivery, you see that when he's playing for Hull. He we will create a lot of chances and score a few goals."

* Oct 2016: Scotland boss Gordon Strachan raved: "At left-back, those three [Robertson, Tierney, and Wallace] have been incredible. They're as good as good as I've ever seen for a position".

* Jan 2017: Hull boss Marco Silva insisted: "Andy Robertson is not leaving, he is our player. He is important for us".

If this is the level of player Klopp is targeting for next season, then expect another struggle to finish in the top four. As the last eight years shows, continually signing players from mid-table and/or relegation-threatened clubs = persistent 5th-8th place finishes every season.

After Swansea City (68 goals conceded), Hull have the worst defensive record in the Premier League (67 goals conceded). To put this in perspective: When Hull got relegated to the Championship in 2015, the team conceded 51 league goals for the entire season (!)

As much as I'd love to see another Scottish player at Liverpool, it's hard to understand why Klopp is trying to sign a defender who's an integral part of one of the worst Premier League defensive units of the last ten years.

Will Robertson push Liverpool to the next level? In my view, the answer is no.


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