Liverpool are on the lookout for a new left-back to strengthen one of the weakest parts of the squad and 22-year-old Lorient star Raphaël Guerreiro has emerged as a possible target looking forward.

According to a report from L'Equipe, Guerreiro is just one of a number of left-backs that the Reds are currently taking a look at. No formal offer has been submitted just yet, but Lorient have been made aware of Liverpool's interest in the player.

With Jose Enrique very much out of the picture, Alberto Moreno is Liverpool's only recognised senior left-back. Joe Gomez played in the position earlier in the season, but he's now injured and is expected to develop more as a centre-back in the future.

Jon Flanagan can also operate on the left when called upon, but has endured terrible luck with fitness and injuries over the last couple of years. He's well on the road to recovery now and will return to being an important part of the squad, but the Reds can't really afford to gamble on him.


Guerreiro certainly offers plenty of versatility. While known primarily as a defender, he's often played in a more advanced wide midfield role in France this season.

He has actually played in England before, too, at Old Trafford of all places. The Portuguese international played for his country in a friendly against Argentina in November 2014, during which he even scored the winning goal in a tight 1-0 game.

But despite representing Portugal at international level, Guerreiro is French-born. He was born and raised in France and qualifies for Portugal through his Portuguese father. When he was called up by the national team for this first time, the player barely spoke the language.

Guerreiro is currently contracted to Lorient until 2017, so there is growing opportunity for Liverpool, or any other suitor for that matter, to do business. He's also a much more Klopp-esque type of signing than all of the superstars the Reds have been unrealistically linked to in recent weeks.

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