It’s clear that Andy Robertson can’t play every single minute of every single match Liverpool play this season. There’s a similar problem with Trent Alexander-Arnold on the right side of defense by at least there’s Joe Gomez as cover. Robertson’s cover is James Milner, who is terrific at nearly everything on a football pitch but he’s not an ideal back-up left-back for a team trying to win all the titles.
Jürgen Klopp and his transfer team decided against bringing in another full-back over the summer. I don’t recall the available options at the time but I’d assume there were some conversations happening and the decision was to pass on anything and wait.
Well, the January window is almost upon us and many supporters expect Liverpool to make a few moves to ensure the team has everything it needs to see out the Premier League and the Champions League competitions this season. A left back would seem to be high on the list of targets.
There was some mongering going on at 90.com on Sunday that claimed Liverpool were sure to sign a left-back this coming window and his name is Sam McCallum.
McCallum plays for League One’s Coventry City and has apparently done well this season for his 19 years. Liverpool are said to have been scouting the player of late and won out over the likes of Manchester City, Chelsea, and Leicester City.
There is absolutely nothing concrete about this move that I can find so feel free to let the information pass through you like a sad neutrino. Even so, if this were a deal that Liverpool make in January, the rumour claims McCallum would be immediately loaned back to Coventry for the remainder of the season.
Liverpool’s scouting team has definitely found some diamonds out there in the rough. McCallum could be something—Robertson himself was largely unknown and unaccustomed to elite management when Klopp brought him in. But the teenage Coventry player would be an investment for the future and not a full back you’d expect to be vying for Premier League minutes anytime soon.