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Rumour Mongering: Liverpool Switch from Ben Chilwell to Jetro Willems?

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Jetro Willems may be Liverpool's next left back target after reaching a dead end in trying to secure the services of Leicester City's Ben Chilwell.

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After Liverpool accepted a generous £6 million bid from AFC Bournemouth for Brad Smith, the need to secure a left back to compete with Alberto Moreno has become even more of a priority. A left back will eventually arrive, but the identity of this young man is as yet unknown. Any late offers for Ben Chilwell are reportedly doomed to fail with the youngster set to sign a new contract to stay with the Premier League champions. Could Jetro Willems be an alternative?

A deal that appeared to have no grounding in reality only days ago has become more of a possibility than previously thought. Yes, a Jetro Willems tweet about Georginio Wijnaldum's tmove to Liverpool could suggest something more, but tweets where one has to read between lines usually aren't enough to go on. What about Willems posting a photo on Snapchat with his own head photoshopped on Wijnaldum's body signing a contract (or symbolically signing a contract) for Liverpool?

Even before that, there has been a little more chatter about a potential move for the 22-year-old PSV Eindhoven left back. He's similar in height and style to Moreno, which could mean that Jürgen Klopp wants an attacking option from that position. Chilwell's comfort on the ball and ability to get forward have been praised, too. This might explain part of the patience with Alberto Moreno, a player who can make silly mistakes that undermine solid performances.

Willems is a Dutch international with 20 caps and is not far from reaching 200 senior career appearances, which isn't too shabby for a player who turned 22 in March. He also holds the record for the youngest player ever to appear at a UEFA European Championship at 18 years and 71 days. There's experience in European competitions and winning a few trophies at PSV to consider, too.

So many different sources have pointed to a possible £13 million offer from Liverpool with unsubstantiated reports in Holland cited as the chief source for top quality rumour mongering. It's difficult to dismiss the possibility of a move for an enterprising left back like Willems when Liverpool have been linked with attacking left backs all summer. Unless it's a player who will command a fee and wages far beyond what Liverpool are likely to offer, there's always the possibility of something happening.

There's only a year remaining on Willems' contract, which might make it easier to conclude a deal. While that didn't prove to be true for Ben Chilwell, it could be the case of second time lucky with Jetro Willems. In any case, posing in Liverpool shirts doesn't seem to be having the desired effect this summer.