Liverpool fans have reason to be fairly happy this term given how they’ve fared as a club. Jurgen Klopp’s arrival has prompted an upturn in results, while the January window should be a busy one for the Reds.
That’s not to say things are perfect though, with a number of players capable of far better than they’re showing at the moment.
The proof? Liverpool have won just one of their last five games. We’ve constructed a top three of individuals who will have to improve in the second-half of the season of Klopp's men are to charge up the table and grab a top four spot. Agree with our selection? Let us know in the comments box below. Check out the video here:
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Dejan Lovren, Defender
The much-maligned defender looked to have improved in recent weeks before injury struck, and he’ll need to continue that into the New Year if he’s to disprove the doubters.
The Croatian has been at fault more times than he’d care to recall thus far in his Anfield career but with Martin Skrtel now out through injury, Liverpool look short of options. Klopp won’t want anyone who’s going to be a risk in his back-line, but he may not have a choice.
Simon Mignolet, goalkeeper
Liverpool fans probably never thought they'd be pining for Mignolet. But then Adam Bogdan happened.
The Belgian is an accomplished stopper on his day, but mistakes can so often be dear when you’re a goalkeeper, and the former Sunderland man has dropped more than a few clangers in his time.
Reports say a new contract is in the pipeline, so his future isn’t necessarily at risk, but fans will want to see more assurity between the sticks.
Christian Benteke, striker
One of many summer signings who have yet to fully find their feet, Benteke has shown flashes of inspiration so far but has to do it on a more consistent basis.
He can be an absolute handful for opponents when on song but hasn’t quite clicked on Merseyside just yet. His goals (4) and assists (1) tot up to a pretty miserly tally in the Premier League. His shooting boots are needed if Liverpool are to challenge for the title.