James Milner is expected to be used as an emergency left-back by Liverpool this season, with Jurgen Klopp content with his options.
The Reds had pursued Leicester teenager Ben Chilwell throughout the summer, even lodging a £7m bid, but did not meet the champions’ £10m valuation of a player with no top-flight experience.
The 19-year-old has now signed a new deal at the King Power Stadium, and it is believed that Klopp will not search for an alternative in this summer’s transfer window.
Liverpool have already spent over £60m this summer – more than any other Premier League side – and the German is happy enough with his options at full-back to not reinforce the position.
Alberto Moreno will now start the season in that position despite serious question marks remaining over his suitability – particularly from our own Daniel Storey – while Ragnar Klavan and Nathaniel Clyne can both provide cover on the left.
Connor Randall and Trent Alexander-Arnold can also play there, while the injured Joe Gomez has experience at left-back. Jon Flanagan is expected to go out on loan in order to attain first-team experience this season.
Milner started at left-back in Liverpool’s 1-1 Europa League draw with Manchester United in March, and has been used in the role in pre-season as Klopp assesses his options.