Former Liverpool striker Neil Mellor says that Swansea City’s Ben Davies would be a fantastic addition for the club, in light of reports linking the defender with a £10 million move to Anfield.
With first-choice left-back Jose Enrique out injured for most of last season, Liverpool were forced to call on Jon Flanagan to deputise and, despite the 21-year-old impressing in an unfamiliar role, Mellor believes that the club should look to Davies as the long-term answer in the position.
‘He’s proven at Premier League level and had a fantastic season at Swansea,’ he told Sky Sports News Radio. ‘I think left-back was a key area last season, with Jose Enrique’s injury, which Liverpool needed to fill.
‘Jon Flanagan did that extremely well but that’s not his natural position, so I think they’ll be looking at it long-term.
‘I know they’ve been linked with another player from Spain [Alberto Moreno] so I’m sure it’s an area Brendan Rodgers is looking to strengthen.’
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With Glen Johnson’s future in the side looking bleak, the signing of Davies would allow Rodgers to move Flanagan back to his natural position at right-back and, while the club do have some up-and-coming options on the left, such as Jack Robinson and Marc Pelosi, the Swansea youngster still has a lot more potential to fulfil.
Having also targeted Sevilla’s £20m-rated Alberto Moreno to fill the position, Liverpool are thought to face strong competition from Tottenham Hotspur for the Welshman, but their recent cash windfall from the £75m sale of Luis Suarez to Barcelona means that there is no shortage of funds.
Rodgers has spent close to £60m so far this summer on Adam Lallana, Rickie Lambert, Emre Can and Lazar Markovic as he attempts to bolster the squad for another title-challenge.
Is Ben Davies the answer for Liverpool at left-back?