Jamie Carragher believes Liverpool are still a “top player” short of being in a position to challenge for the biggest trophies and has urged Jurgen Klopp to bring one of his former Borussia Dortmund stars to Anfield.
The Liverpool hero, who spent his entire 17-year professional career with the Merseyside outfit, believes Marco Reus would be an excellent signing for his former employers.
Reus has been linked with Liverpool in the past - as well as the likes of Real Madrid, Barcelona and Manchester United - and Carragher feels the Germany international could make an “immediate impact” in the Premier League.
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"The squad lacks a top player who can have an immediate impact," Carragher was quoted as telling Bild by ESPN. "I'd like to see Dortmund's Marco Reus on the wing. He'd be a great fit. Add a forward and central midfielder to it and you can build on it."
Reus would cost a huge fee - potentially in excess of £40 million - after he put pen-to-paper on a new deal at Signal Iduna Park last February. The 26-year-old, who previously had a €25 million release clause in his contract, is contracted to his current employers until 2019.
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Carragher glad Liverpool didn't sign Alex Teixeira
Liverpool came close to adding a similar player to their ranks during the winter transfer window, but were unable to strike a deal with Shakhtar Donetsk for their Brazilian playmaker Alex Teixeira.
The 26-year-old revealed that he wanted to sign for the Reds, but he ended up moving to Jiangsu Suning after the Chinese outfit agreed to pay €50 million for his signature.
Carragher, however, believes Liverpool were right not to bow to Shakhtar’s excessive demands.
"I think it's good that Klopp did not stay the pace," the retired centre-back continued. "It was profiteering, and he passed on the quickfire solution. Klopp is still analysing the squad. And he brought in a great reinforcement in Joel Matip on a free.
"A lot of that [TV] money is wasted. A lot of average players were signed for way too much, and the wages were out of proportion.
"When an English club knocks on a door in Europe, they just add five or 10 million on top of the transfer fee. They milk it."
Carragher: Klopp isn't under pressure to win on Sunday
In the meantime, Klopp must work the players he has and has the opportunity to win his first trophy as Liverpool manager this weekend against Manchester City in the Capital One Cup final.
Asked if Klopp is under pressure to win on Sunday, Carragher added: "I don't think so, but should he win his first trophy only five months into his reign he would achieve something that Brendan Rodgers did not achieve in over three years, despite spending millions.
"Klopp beat City 4-1 away from home in the league. Should he replicate that, he won't be asked a lot of questions about his work in the upcoming weeks.
"Liverpool's goal has to be to become a regular in the Champions League. That'll be difficult enough, because many other Premier League clubs will also pursue that goal in the next couple of years."
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