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Liverpool can finish in the top four - Jan Molby

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Jan Molby believes Liverpool can still finish in the top four of the Premier League this season, but feels Jurgen Klopp will have to bring in sufficient recruits during the January transfer window.

The Reds currently sit tenth in the top flight, seven points adrift of Manchester United who occupy the final Champions League spot.

The league still is wide open and Chelsea's dismal start to the season has made it all to play for even more so than usual.

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Klopp suffered his first loss at home to Crystal Palace last Sunday, with the Eagles leapfrogging Liverpool with the result.

Klopp has inherited the squad left by Brendan Rodgers and has been forced to make-do with what is available at Anfield.

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And Molby would like to see the 48-year-old plunge the Bundesliga and draft in some players Klopp is more familiar with in January.

"There is a limit to how far you can take any football team and Jurgen Klopp is a football manager, not a magician," the Dane wrote in his column for the Liverpool Echo. "He will want to move forward with a group of players, some of whom are already at Anfield and some of whom aren’t here yet.

"I’d like him to do business in the January window because there’s everything to play for.

"Even when you’re winning titles there will be games and afternoons like Palace and I think Liverpool’s only target for this season – the top four as I understand it – remains full on.

"For Klopp as a new manager he’ll instantly have identified something he can improve upon – he’ll be thinking ‘we’re missing this and I know where to go to get it’.

"For me there’s nothing wrong if he wants to go back to Germany, Jurgen should work in the market he knows best.

"He’s a fan of a strong running game and that’s something you get in the Bundesliga so the players from there will be used to that already.

"There’s always a risk in signing any player, but it always gives you a better feeling when you go back to something or someone you know."

Christmas Period

With December rapidly approaching, it could be make or break for the Reds if they are to thrust themselves into the Champions League picture.

Liverpool have no less than eight matches between 2 December - 2 January in the league, Capital One Cup and Europa League, and Klopp will have to utilise his squad to his very best capabilities.

Playing over the festive period is something Klopp will be distinctly unfamiliar with. Having played and managed in Germany for all of his career, where they have six weeks off during the winter, he has a significant task on his hands to overcome.

He will have to plan carefully and accurately in a limited period and ensure that his side picks up regular points both at home and on the road.

January Transfer Window

There won't be many who are looking forward to the turn of the year more than the ex-Borussia Dortmund boss.

It's still unfamiliar what sort of war chest Klopp will be handed when the transfer window open, but the likelihood is that it will be a fairly hefty amount.

He will already have some players in mind and, if the Christmas period does not go to plan, he will probably be desperate to bring new faces to Anfield.

Marco Reus has been rumoured to be reunited with Klopp, with Liverpool reportedly favourites to sign him.

The pair formed a formidable relationship together at Dortmund, winning back-to-back league titles in 2011 and 2012, and also reached the Champions League final in 2013.

Klopp also may want to bring an out-and-out wide man to the Merseyside outfit. There has been a distinct lack of width, with Jordon Ibe the only recognised winger.

To get the best from Christian Benteke, crosses are required from wide areas so the Belgium international can use his physical presence to dominate in the air.

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