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Jan Molby believes transfer window is huge for Liverpool

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Jan Molby believes that Liverpool's summer transfer window is the biggest the club has ever had and they should target Christian Benteke.

The Reds had an underwhelming 2014/15 campaign finishing sixth in the Premier League - four places below their previous effort - and ended the season without a trophy.

Brendan Rodgers' position as Liverpool boss is to go under review by owners Fenway Sports Group in the upcoming weeks and, although he's expected to keep his job,  significant changes will likely be made at Anfield this summer.

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The Merseyside outfit spent over £100 million on new recruits last summer, however, big-money signings such as Mario Balotelli and Dejan Lovren have disappointed and failed to live up to their price-tag.

And Molby feels that his former side must rebuild once again in preparation of the new season and Benteke could be the answer to Liverpool's troubles.

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Molby stresses importance of transfer window

"I know it sounds dramatic but this is the biggest summer Liverpool have ever had," the Dane wrote in his column in the Liverpool Echo. "Get it wrong and the danger is we disappear from that select group of five or six teams who are up there competing every year.

"I know the club fell off its perch long ago in terms of winning titles. But in the years since we’ve always been in the pack of clubs just behind. We risk slipping away unless the glaring weaknesses in our squad are addressed.

"What that humiliating defeat to Stoke on the final day highlighted more than anything is that we lack presence. We don’t have big players.

"Liverpool's pursuit of Christian Benteke is interesting because I think it would indicate a change of style in terms of how the manager wants to play.

"Brendan Rodgers has always talked about the need for pace and movement, having strikers who run in behind defenders.

"Benteke is more of a targetman but I actually believe in the situation we’re in now we’re better off having a more basic way of playing – getting the ball forward and allowing a big man to cause havoc."

Striker Needed

Liverpool were distinctly toothless in-front of goal last campaign and changes in the final third of the pitch are needed.

Two season's ago, the Reds were the most prolific goalscorers in the league and netted 102 times when they almost won the title for the first time in 24 years.

Out of those 102 goals, Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge netted 52 of those and both have been sorely missed this term. With Suarez now playing his football at Barcelona and Sturridge being side-lined with various injuries for most of the season, Rodgers has been without a prolific goalscorer all year. 

Balotelli tried and truly failed when given responsibility to lead the front-line and Rodgers hasn't given Rickie Lambert and Fabio Borini a fair share of game time. Instead, Raheem Sterling has played in the number nine role and, although he's faired better than his peers, still hasn't looked like a natural goalscorer.

Liverpool must bring in a new signing to replace Suarez's presence. Benteke has a decent record Aston Villa, however, may not be the answer. He prefers the ball into feet or across the box which is not Rodgers' philosophy.

Danny Ings has also been linked to the five-time European Cup winners after opposing to renew his contract with Burnley. But, like Benteke, he has not proven himself at the top-level.

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