Anfield to turn to Goodison Park man to resolve left side problem?
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Liverpool are reportedly keen on signing Leighton Baines from their cross-town rivals Everton, and are prepared to offer the Toffees £10 million for the England full-back.
The Reds are thought to be on the look out for a left-back after the departure of Paul Konchesky, and failed, according to some media reports, in a move to re-sign their former player Stephen Warnock from Aston Villa in January.
Now The News of the World reports that the club’s director of football strategy, Damien Comolli, has identified the former Wigan Athletic man as a target.
Liverpool have played Glen Johnson, a right-back, on the left side on a few occasions this season.
Given that Liverpool opt to play Glen Johnson in an unaccustomed left back it seems that Emiliano Insua and Paul Konchesky are not players that Kenny Dalglish values. Fabio Aurelio is a back up, who is currently injured, so there appears to be a need for a new left back and you couldn’t blame the Anfield side from eyeing up nearby Everton man Leighton Baines.
The former Wigan man is one of the best in his position in the Premier League, great going forward, responsible in defence and a great set piece taker. Would David Moyes want to sell the England international? I doubt it, however that doesn’t mean Liverpool wouldn’t chance their arm with an offer.
The 26 year old Kirkby born full back is a consistent performer now in his sixth season in the Premier League and therefore more than experienced enough to be counted upon to do a good job at Liverpool a move he is presumably more likely to consider if a European spot is secured for next season?
Baines may also feel a move to Liverpool could further aid his push for a starting international spot?