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Rumour Mongering: Liverpool in for Gael Clichy

Liverpool are said to be offering a two-year contract to the Premier League veteran.

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It’s not even June yet, and the transfer fun has already started when it comes to Liverpool’s plans at left-back. While vice-captain James Milner did a decent makeshift job in the position last season, Liverpool will require a long term solution to their left-back problem.

The most recent player to be connected to the Reds is Gael Clichy, who will be available on a free transfer from Manchester City. The rumour is that the French international has been offered a two-year deal to get him to Anfield as Liverpool’s second summer signing.

Manchester City are said to be pursuing Monaco left-back Benjamin Mendy, which gives Liverpool the chance to swoop in for Clichy’s signature. The French international confirmed last week that he would not be staying with Manchester City after his contract expired, immediately sparking rumours about his future destination. Paris Saint-Germain are also reportedly in the mix to sign the left-back specialist.

If Klopp and the transfer team are, indeed, searching the market for a long term solution, it seems unlikely that the 31-year-old player would be it. Remember, Klopp chose to play Milner in the position last year instead of settling for an imperfect solution to the problem.

If, on the other hand, Klopp plans to bring in several options for left-back to the club, Clichy might be a stop-gap for the manager to utilize while a younger player continues in his development. With Champions League football on the menu next season, Klopp will also need depth in that position to fight on all four fronts, so several options would be useful going forward.

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