Liverpool are among three Premier League giants eyeing Southampton’s left-back Ryan Bertrand, according to a report.
The Telegraph has claimed that the 27-year-old full-back is interested in a move away from the Hampshire-based side and this has led to him falling onto the radar of Manchester City, Chelsea and the Reds.
The Saints are currently struggling under summer appointment Claude Puel and with doubts over his future there are also worries about their star players, including Virgil van Dijk and Bertrand, who Liverpool are both said to be monitoring.
The Merseyside giants have long been linked with Van Dijk as they look to bolster their defensive unit and Bertrand could be being eyed with the club looking to improve on current left-backs James Milner and Alberto Moreno.
Now, the Reds have regularly brought from Southampton in recent windows and Bertrand could follow in the footsteps of Sadio Mane and Adam Lallana, who have both impressed since moving to Merseyside.
However, the report also details that Bertrand still lives next to Chelsea’s Cobham training ground and if the possible Premier League champions make a move for him in the summer it is likely he will favour a return to the Blues.
Football Insider verdict:
A left-back is a must for Liverpool this summer due to the limitations of both Milner and Moreno if the club wants to progress and Jurgen Klopp could certainly do a lot worse than Bertrand. The full-back is a consistent performer for a Southampton team which did boast a very impressive defensive record before centre-backs Jose Fonte left and Van Dijk suffered a long-term injury. It is also clear that Bertrand now wants to make a step up back to a bigger club, meaning the Saints’ hands could be forced and they may have to accept a reduced offer for one of their star players.