With Alberto Moreno somewhat shaky in the Liverpool’s defence, James Milner was deployed as a fall-back option in the left back position and he did quite well in that position despite being predominantly a midfielder.
However, with Jurgen Klopp not willing to settle for less going into the new season, he spotted Manchester United defender Luke Shaw as a possible option for that position but eventially settled for Robertson who cost in the region of £10 million from Hull.
The Sun reports that Robertson was not the main target for the Reds, but it was indeed Luke Shaw who was their manager’s first choice despite still recovering from his double fracture 2016 FA Community Shield game against Leicester City. The reasons for the deal not seeing the light of day was not stated, but it is believed that Manchester United wanted to hand the 22-year-old another chance to cut the mustard the club.
Shaw have failed to convince the United hierarchy that he is worth the then record £30 million fee spent to recruit him as a teenager from Southampton. However, comments from Jose Mourinho can confirm that he is quite impressed with the defender’s progress in the buildup to the new season.
Shaw may look happy at the moment but he knows he has the likes of Daley Blind to contend with for game time. The new 3-5-2 formation which Mourinho have been trying out does not bode well for him either, and it remains to be seen whether he would stick it out at United or jump ship in the near future.