Liverpool line up lightning-fast left-back to challenge Milner

By Mark Peters IN General,Ligue 1,Premier League,Transfers - 19:45 Jul 7th 2017

Having made an excellent start to the 2016/17 campaign before fading away to finish fourth, Liverpool will be hoping to stay the course this time around as they seek a first title in the Premier League era.

Jürgen Klopp’s side have been an absolute joy to watch going forward, but there can be little doubt that they need to improve defensively in order to achieve success.

James Milner did an admirable job filling in at left-back last season, but a more natural alternative is needed to at least provide the utility man with competition for his place.

HENRIQUE DALBERT

According to reports in the Liverpool Echo, one potential target could well be Henrique Dalbert, though Inter Milan and Arsenal are also thought to be keeping tabs on the Brazilian.

At just 23 years of age, the exciting youngster still has much to learn, but his debut campaign for Nice was certainly an impressive one as he helped them to secure an unexpected third-place finish in Ligue 1:


Dalbert
versus
Dalbert
DEFPOSITIONDEF
23Y 9MAGE23Y 9M
5FT 11INHEIGHT5FT 11IN
11ST 6LBWEIGHT11ST 6LB
 
FL | NIC | | NIC | EL
06/16 - 06/1706/16 - 06/17
33
STARTS
4
2970
MINS
PLAYED
360
GOALS
SCORED
GOALS
HEAD/FOOT
ASSISTS
12
CLEAN
SHEETS
1
30
GOALS
AGAINST
8
99
MINS PER
GOALS A
45
4
TOTAL
1

In fact, across 37 top-flight and Europa League appearances, the defender helped his team to keep 13 clean sheets at a rate of roughly one every three games.

Blessed with genuine pace and eager to get forward whenever the opportunity arises, Dalbert would provide Liverpool with real balance, doing a similar job down the left to the one that Nathaniel Clyne currently performs down the right:

Dalbert
POS: DEFAGE: 23Y 9M
HEIGHT: 5FT 11INWEIGHT: 11ST 6LB
 
FL | NIC | 16/1716/17 16/17 | NIC | FL
WITHWITHOUT
33
MATCHES
5
58%
WIN%
60%
33%
DRAW%
20%
9%
LOSS%
20%
53
GOALS FOR
10
30
GOALS AGAINST
6
1.6
GOALS F
PER GAME
2
0.9
GOALS A
PER GAME
1.2
56
MINS PER
GOALS F
45
99
MINS PER
GOALS A
75
9.2
SHOTS F
PER GAME
9.4
2.1
POINTS
PER GAME
2
12
CLEAN SHEETS
1
7
TOTAL
6

It could be argued that the €30m-rated full-back still has some developing to do defensively, but Nice conceded 0.3 fewer goals per game in Ligue 1 last season when the Brazilian was involved.

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3 Comments

  1. Tony
    Posted July 7, 2017 at 10:36 pm | Permalink

    Liverpool do not require a lightning-fast left back to challenge James Milner. Where pace is concerned, even the ultra-slow Lucas ‘anything-but-samba’ Leiva would pose a serious threat to the highly-immobile Milner.

    • Mr me
      Posted July 7, 2017 at 10:47 pm | Permalink

      Brainzzzzz

  2. Jason Ryan
    Posted July 9, 2017 at 7:45 am | Permalink

    I think you’ll find Lfc will buy Robertson. Not Dalbert. #gisajob