When Liverpool signed Alberto Moreno in 2014, fans hoped the club's long standing issues at left back had become a thing of the past.
Moreno was coming off a fantastic Europa League winning campaign with Sevilla, and at just 22, he appeared ready to blossom into a star fullback if he could just add some more defensive intelligence to his game.
But balancing forward forays with smart positioning and decision making has proved a challenge for the Spaniard. As a result, his two seasons at Anfield have been marred by inconsistency, leading to reports that Liverpool are now searching for his replacement.
The Reds had been linked with Ben Chilwell and Jonas Hector earlier in the summer, but those pursuits have cooled off, according to The Mirror. Instead, they've reportedly made Hull City's Andy Robertson their No. 1 choice to compete with Moreno for the starting left back position.
Robertson, 22, has logged 76 appearances across two seasons for Hull. This past year, he notched four goals in all competitions.
The young fullback is touted as a potential two-way player with advanced attacking ability much like Moreno was when he was purchased from Sevilla.
Robertson has been valued at £12 million even though he's played just one season in the Premier League in his career. In addition, for a deal to go through, Hull would have to first secure the return of Robbie Brady from Norwich City, according to the Mirror's report. Because that's apparently how these things work.
Though he does not project to become a game-changing talent, he could provide decent competition for Moreno, adding much needed left back depth to the team.
Still, it's unclear whether the attack-minded Robertson would be able to track back and defend better than Moreno -- if he's able to provide that kind of defensive stability, he'd be a welcome addition to the squad. That's a big if, though, so it would make sense for Liverpool to seek a reduced fee before committing to a move.