Borna Barisic, Jon Flanagan, Andy Halliday and Lee Wallace have all filled in there at points this season.
Barisic has suffered a stop-start season while Flanagan and Halliday aren’t natural left-backs.
Wallace meanwhile looks as though he’s on the way out when his deal ends in the summer.
So should Gerrard turn to a former MLS team-mate for help over the remainder of the season?
Ashley Cole is out of contract with LA Galaxy and could offer a short-term fix.
The former England international is still a quality player and would really push others in the squad to a higher level.
Although he’s in the twilight of his career, Cole still has something to offer and would help fill what has become a bit of a problem position.
Obviously, he’s not going to be a long-term option.
The former Chelsea and Arsenal defender earned around £10,000 per week in LA, according to the MLS Players’ Union, so wouldn’t empty the bank to sign.
He has reportedly been offered a new deal at less than half of what he was earning last season, according to the Sun.
Barisic is the apparent first-choice but after a couple of injuries so far there’s a real need for a quality back up.
Andy Halliday has done well when called on to fill in but he’s really not a left-back.
Using him further forward makes more sense and makes the most of his attributes.
Pinning him in at left-back takes a bit away from Halliday’s game and makes him less effective.
Flanagan simply isn’t a left-back.
He’ll make good cover for James Tavernier on the other side but he struggles to affect games from the left.
Cole would be a perfect fit and his experience of winning titles would be a welcome addition.
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