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Liverpool Left Back Transfer Targets Mean Uncertain Future for James Milner

According to reports today, the Reds will move for not one but two new left backs in the summer.

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Liverpool's interest in Fulham teenage sensation Ryan Sessegnon is well known, with the youngster by all accounts the club's top target at the position. Until now, though, the assumption had been that he would be signed to back up James Milner next season with an eye to taking on the starting role in a year or two.

Now, though, The Independent claim that isn't the case—though Liverpool still see Sessegnon as their top fullback target and, despite rumblings he might stay at Fulham where he is a guaranteed starter, the club are reportedly still confident in signing him. The difference now is that Sessegnon might not be the only left back target.

According to the latest transfer talk, the club are equally confident in signing Hull City's 23-year-old Andrew Robertson. Recent reports that he could end up at Anfield had been met with mixed reviews by Liverpool fans, but apparently if he does it wouldn't be as the lone left back signing and Milner's competition.

Instead, the intention in signing Robertson would be to have an option on the books should Sessegnon not prove ready to take over full time starting duties—something that he would be given every chance to do despite being just 16 years of age. However, if true, that would make Milner's future at the position rather uncertain.

Milner started the season well at left back but has faded in the second half, and the player himself has gone on record to state that it isn't his preferred position though he doesn't mind doing a job there. Signing both Sessegnon and Robertson would then likely end his time there—either as first or second choice left back.

With no obvious other position in the squad he would move into as a clear starter, it could all add up to Milner becoming a roving utility man, a squad option who could fill in at either fullback position, in midfield, or even on the wing in a pinch. Anything bar striker and centre half, and Milner could soon end up second or third choice.

Of course, for that to happen, Liverpool have to actually go out and turn the transfer rumblings today into transfer reality over the next few weeks. The expectation, though, appears to be to head into next season with a left back depth chart of either Sessegnon and Robertson or Robertson and Sessegnon.

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