With rumblings in recent weeks that 16-year-old left back phenom Ryan Sessegnon wants to stay at Fulham for at least another year or two, Liverpool could be forced to look elsewhere to strengthen at left back this summer, and today the rumour mongers have turned up Ryan Bertrand as a potential fallback option.
Liverpool have been linked with the 27-year-old Chelsea academy product before, and according to the Mirror and others, if they can’t convince Sessegnon to make the switch to Anfield to be James Milner’s backup they will instead move for Bertrand to compete with him for the starting job next season.
Bertrand looked a promising prospect at Chelsea, but after nine years and seven different loan destinations over nine separate loan deals, the Blues chose to let him leave on a permanent deal. He headed to Southampton, one of his loan clubs, in a £10M deal in the summer of 2015 and has started ever since.
It is also rumoured that in addition to interest from Liverpool should their plans to land Sessegnon fall through, Chelsea are considering an attempt to re-sign Bertrand to strengthen their own left back options as they prepare to head back into the Champions League next season.
In either case, Bertrand wouldn’t arrive a nailed-on starter but would be given the chance to compete for the starting role on a Champions League side. Southampton, currently sat in ninth, will not be competing in Europe next season. Bertrand has 30 appearances and three goals for the Saints this season.