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Kevin Keegan believes Philippe Coutinho is Liverpool’s only current great player

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Kevin Keegan was a tremendous player for Liverpool back in the 1970s and won a host of major honours during his six years at Anfield.

But the 64-year-old, who briefly managed the England national team around the turn of the century, believes the Reds’ current squad is short on truly great players.

In fact, with the exception of Philippe Coutinho, Keegan reckons Liverpool possess no players who would have secured a place in the classic teams from the 1970s and 80s.

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"In the current squad, only Philippe Coutinho can find a spot in the great Liverpool sides of the 1970s and 80s,” Keegan was quoted as telling sc.qa by Sky Sports. "[Steven] Gerrard would have got in but he is gone now. There are not very many in this side who would have got into those great sides.

"Maybe Sturridge could if he keeps himself fit. I would be interested to see what Klopp does in the transfer windows in January and June.

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"He is likely to look to Germany to recruit two or three players who can hit the ground running in the Premier League."

Keegan is right - Liverpool lack top-class players

Keegan’s comments might sound a tad harsh, but it’s hard to disagree with him.

Liverpool have a few talented players in their ranks, although it would be generous to label any of them - Coutinho included - as world class.

Mamadou Sakho, Roberto Firmino and Emre Can are all good players - as are Coutinho and Sturridge - but they wouldn’t have got close to the Liverpool teams that dominated English and European football during the 70s and 80s.

In order to end their long wait for their first league title since 1990 - and to win their first European Cup since 2005 - Liverpool will need to sign several first-class players.

But Klopp gives them a real chance of success...

However, with Jurgen Klopp now in the hot-seat, this Liverpool team has a chance to achieve something special.

Last weekend’s 4-1 victory away at Manchester City was a magnificent team performance. A few more additions and Liverpool will take some stopping.

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Liverpool
Philippe Coutinho
Steven Gerrard
Premier League
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Kevin Keegan

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