Fabio Coentrao would be assured of first team football at Anfield.
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Liverpool caretaker manager is set to seal a move for Benfica left back Fabio Coentrao as his first signing in January, according to reports.
The new Reds boss wants to bring in a replacement for Paul Konchesky, one of Roy Hodgson’s high-profile flops, to improve their defence.
Alongside Damian Comolli, Dalglish has amended Liverpool’s January transfer wishlist, which now includes Ryan Shawcross and Ricky van Wolfswinkel at the top.
Coentrao is one of the best full backs around and would be a significant coup for Liverpool and possibly signal signs of better things to come for the remainder of the season.
Dalglish knows he needs to bring a number of new signings into Anfield this month if he is to drag Liverpool out of trouble and a treble swoop would be a good way to announce himself.
The Portuguese was thought to have agreed a move to Chelsea to eventually become Ashley Cole’s replacement at Stamford Bridge last month but those reports seem to have been false.
Cole has been linked with a move to Real Madrid this season so Coentrao was thought to be a target for Carlo Ancelotti but the England international has stayed loyal to Chelsea and looks set to see the season out with them. (Give Me Football – Official PFA Website)
One of the top priorities for Liverpool has to be at left full back – because only Mrs Carol Konchesky seems to believe that her son Paul is good enough to play at Anfield.
Fabio Aurelio has not been convincing either, and his fitness is far from reliable enough to play himself into decent form anyway.
Fabio Coentrao had a fine World Cup with Portugal, and having begun his career as a left winger could also offer Liverpool the natural width on the left the fans have craved for eons.
If he plays at left back though, there is likely to be a right footed player in front of him, and could be as valuable an asset for the Reds as Ashley Cole is for Chelsea and England, and Leighton Baines is for city rivals Everton.
Both those players benefit from the men in directly front of them making space on the flank with runs inside – Ashley Cole has Florent Malouda pulling players into the centre for club, and Steven Gerrard doing the same for country, while Baines enjoys something similar from Steven Pienaar.
What Coentrao also offers though is some fantastic dribbling ability, and only Marcelo at Real Madrid offers similar skill for a left back if Gareth Bale is deemed an attacking midfielder.
Liverpool played a high pressing game against Manchester United in Kenny Dalglish’s first game back as manager, and indeed while they had eleven players were the better team. Fabio Coentrao’s pace and penetration would fit effortlessly into that formation, and international colleague Raul Meireles would be sure to aid him in settling at the club.
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