Anfield side’s search for a left back leads them to Eastlands.
Liverpool FC are thought to have given up hope on Newcastle United left-back Jose Enrique and will make enquiries into the availability of Manchester City defender Wayne Bridge who spent the second half of last season on loan at West Ham United.
The Merseyside club are deseprate to fill the vacant left-back spot as soon as possible and have so far scouted Bayer Leverkusen’s Kadlec, Newcastle’s Enrique and Arsenal’s Gael Clichy to fill the position. Although Enrique could still be available Newcastle United are playing hard ball as are Arsenal with regards to Clichy, preferring to sell him abroad that to a Premiership rival, Wenger also still believes that he will be able to keep hold of the defender this summer.
For a Liverpool side that are looking at investing in British players, Bridge will not be over priced, his lack of first team action for Manchester City suggests he could be available for under £7m and his impressive form for West Ham United from January showed that he can still do the job.
This would be a slightly surprising move by Liverpool but perhaps the lack of progress in securing previous targets will force Kenny Dalglish into making an offer for the former Chelsea man as the Anfield boss looks to secure a new left back in time for pre-season friendlies.
Bridge is hugely experienced but clearly a little past his best and at 30 seemingly not part of Liverpool’s push for youth. That said, the left back is a fairly solid customer who is a Premier League title winner from his Stamford Bridge days.
Man City may well be looking to offload Wayne Bridge but Roberto Mancini is known for not wanting to sell his players to club’s he feels are direct competitors for a top four spot and clearly Liverpool fall into that category.
Kenny Dalglish was forced to use a number of options at left back last term. Paul Konchesky was sent out on loan following a poor run of form under Roy Hodgson, Emiliano Insua was farmed out likewise and Fabio Aurelio struggled with injuries. Jack Robinson did well when called upon but the teenager is still very raw.
The likes of Glen Johnson and Danny Wilson were used out of position on occasions due to the lack of options on the left hand side, such is the need to bring in a new first team starter in that position. A move for Jose Enrique would still appear to be the most likely avenue the Merseyside club would like to go down as Arsenal contract rebel Gael Clichy appears set to move to Roma.