Reds turn to St. Etienne stopper Faouzi Ghoulam after pulling out of Lorenzo Melgarejo deal…
Liverpool have turned to 22-year-old Faouzi Ghoulam from French side St. Etienne, reports Forza Italia.
After pulling out of a deal to sign Lorenzo Melgarejo, another young left-back from Benfica, the Reds will turn to the Algerian international. It is unsure yet whether the Reds will make a cash bid, or ask the French club to take the player on loan for the season.
Ghoulam is tall, strong, and extremely fit. His brother is a cross country win who represented France in the World Championships. He is also comfortable on the ball, and is happy passing the ball into the central midfielders rather than playing hopeful diagonal balls.
Despite making two appearances for the French Under-21 side, Ghoulam has now represent his country of origin, Algeria, at full international level.
Liverpool need competition at left-back as youngster Jack Robinson has joined Wolves on loan. Andre Wisdom and John Flanagan are more comfortable at right-back, and first-choice left-back Jose Enrique has struggled with injuries during his career at Anfield.
Although he will strengthen the squad, Ghoulam is not the big name exciting transfer Brendan Rodgers has promised fans. With just over three weeks of the window left, the Anfield club will hope they can tie up a deal for Atletico Madrid forward Diego Costa having already lodged a £22m bid.