Andy Robertson has become arguably the best left-back in world football since signing for Liverpool from Hull City in 2017. With a Champions League medal already secured, as well as the Club World Cup, and a Premier League title surely to follow, the Scotland captain is irreplaceable in Jurgen Klopp’s side. And that means finding a back-up option for him is a near-impossible task – but one that must be completed. On the Analysing Anfield podcast on the Blood Red channel, David Hughes outlined the statistics behind three potential players who might fit the requirements the Reds are looking for this summer.  The homegrown option

Adam Lewis during the FA Cup Fourth Round replay between Liverpool and Shrewsbury Town at Anfield
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Liverpool have a number of different options coming through their Academy system at full-back on both sides, with Neco Williams on the opposite flank the most likely to make the grade. But on the left side, Yasser Larouci, Tony Gallacher and Adam Lewis are all hoping to be the next one to emerge. Lewis is certainly the most advanced of those options at this stage. At the age of 20, the young Scouser has struggled with injuries for the past year or so, but is now back in contention to come through and make an impact. Hughes said: “In terms of Academy prospects, we can’t really forget Adam Lewis. He’s had some troubles with injuries this season, but he played a fair bit last season – 29 times. “He’s got fantastic set-piece delivery and he’s an all-round good passer of the ball. “He’s one to potentially keep an eye on in terms of breaking into the first team squad next year.” Read More
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The Premier League-proven option Norwich City have a number of potential options that Liverpool could look to bring in all across the pitch, with Todd Cantwell having been linked in some quarters and Emiliano Buendia also rumoured to be someone the Reds like. At left-back, that is no different, with Jamal Lewis someone who could potentially be a good fit for the Reds next season. The 22-year-old has scored once this campaign and is yet to register an assist in the Premier League, but he could still prove to be a decent acquisition. Hughes said: “Jamal Lewis is an option. If you look at his numbers in isolation, his defensive numbers are not bad, but his attacking numbers are not amazing. “But, let’s not forget, he is playing for Norwich, who are one of the worst sides in the division. “He’s got an expected assist per 90 minutes of 0.04, but Robertson, in his last season with Hull, before he signed for Liverpool, had an expected assist per 90 of 0.06. “You have got to take in all the elements – he could still be a decent signing.” Read More
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The wildcard Hoffenheim’s Robert Skov is perhaps not a name many Reds fans will have heard before, but the Dane could be someone who fits the bill. Liverpool are known to use statistics to find hidden gems, and Skov could certainly be one of them. A former winger, who scored 30 goals in 2018/19, breaking the record for the most strikes in a Danish top-flight season, Skov, 23, now operates as a wing-back, and could easily be converted into an attacking full-back at Anfield. Hughes said: “He could be another option – signed from Copenhagen last season, he was signed as a winger but he has been used as a left wing-back for them. “His defensive game looks good and he has one of the highest expected assists figures in Europe – around 0.25. “If he keeps performing at that level, he could be an option for Liverpool.” Whoever the Reds opt to go for, their previous recent record in the transfer market would suggest they will get it right. There are very few glaring areas that require someone filling the void in Klopp’s squad, but left-back appears to be one of them.



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