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Transfer News: Liverpool keen to raid Southampton for flying full-back



Liverpool are interested in Southampton right-back Kyle Walker-Peters

According to El Nacional (h/t Liverpool Echo), Liverpool have joined Manchester United in the race for Southampton right-back Kyle Walker-Peters.

Red Devils manager Erik ten Hag is keen to add a right-back to his rapidly improving side and has touted Walker-Peters as one of the targets.

Chelsea have also been mooted to show interest in the player but now it is claimed that Liverpool have entered the race for the energetic full-back, who has been impressive since his move to Southampton from Tottenham Hotspur.

Liverpool are interested in Southampton right-back Kyle Walker-Peters.
Liverpool enters the race for Kyle Walker-Peters of Southampton. (Photo by Alex Pantling/Getty Images)

With 99 Premier League appearances to his name, he is certainly no stranger to the intensity and rhythm of the league. On the other hand, Liverpool’s defence has been in utter shambles this season and keeping a clean sheet seems like a far-fetched dream as of now.

Out of our defence, it has been the right-hand side which has been notably targeted by the opposition as was seen in the thrashing by the hands of Brighton & Hove Albion on the weekend.

Trent Alexander-Arnold failed to have any sort of control of Kaoru Mitoma and was driven in all directions by the Japanese winger.

Liverpool are interested in Southampton right-back Kyle Walker-Peters.
Trent Alexander-Arnold needs serious competition for places in the Liverpool starting eleven (Photo by Naomi Baker/Getty Images)

One of the main factors why Manchester City have been able to sustain dominance over a number of years has been their impressive squad depth.

Liverpool lacks in that and certainly in the right-back slot where there is no outright competition for Trent, which has been evident recently, could have a negative impact.

Trent is nowhere near his best this season but Jurgen Klopp has no option but to play him as there is no able substitute to take his place. Hence, pursuing Walker-Peters could be essential, adding strength in depth.

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Hard Pressing was a key component of Ralph Hassenhuttl’s Southampton side and the former Spurs man has shown he is more than capable of playing that role.

It will be interesting how this rumour takes place with The Saints willing to accept an offer in the region of £42.5m for the player.