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Arsenal Agree Deal for Sead Kolašinac

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The left back was linked with a move to Anfield, but securing a young understudy for James Milner seems to be the priority.

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After news earlier in the week that Ryan Sessegnon is going to be Liverpool's top left back target this summer, a few details about the club's transfer strategy became clear. Ben Chilwell was the club's left back target during the summer, and there were rumours in February that he remained in Klopp's thoughts.

Sessegnon and Chilwell are talented young left backs that are prospects for the future. While they need to play regularly to develop, a role as understudy to James Milner offers opportunities to train as well as gain first-team experience at a big club. Milner turns 32 midway through next season, and despite his fine fitness record, he cannot play every game. The vice-captain is also one of the highest paid and most experienced players at the club who has been a generally reliable option this season.

The plan, it seems, is to continue with a converted left back next season and alleviate Klopp's nervousness whenever Liverpool earn a penalty. That rules out the likes of Jonas Hector, Ricardo Rodriguez, and Sead Kolašinac as targets. One of the Bundesliga trio can be crossed off the list after Arsenal agreed a deal with Kolašinac to move at the end of his contract on a free transfer.

The 23-year-old Schalke 04 left back was reportedly close to a move to Everton but decided on a move to North London after being offered a generous financial package. Arsenal may not provide customary Champions League football next season, but Liverpool fans can start to understand how the squad will be strengthened in the summer.

A left back upgrade may be what we want, but a left back successor is what we'll get.