Jurgen Klopp may have spent £70 million during his first summer at Liverpool, but supporters are desperate for the German to make a couple more signings before the end of August.
Sadio Mane (£35m), Loris Karius (£4.7m), Joel Matip (free), Ragnar Klavan (£4.2m), Georginio Wijnaldum (£25m) and Alex Manninger (free) have all been brought in to represent a fairly decent transfer window, but there are areas that Klopp still needs to strengthen.
With the likes of Manchester United and Manchester City splashing the cash this summer, Klopp knows that it will be tough for his side to compete with them over the course of the campaign.
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With no European football at Anfield this season, though, they don’t necessarily need a big squad for the upcoming season. Just signing two more players will complete Klopp's squad.
Despite their 4-3 win over Arsenal on Sunday, their weaknesses were there for all to see.
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It doesn’t take a football expert to see that Alberto Moreno was at fault at the weekend. Not only did his rash tackle on Theo Walcott result in a penalty for Arsenal - which was subsequently missed - but, just seconds later he was caught horribly out of position as Walcott made amends to put the Gunners 1-0 up.
It’s certainly not the first mistake Moreno has made in a red shirt with his performance in the Europa League final causing Jamie Carragher to tweet: “Jurgen, transfer committee, anyone sign a f***ing left back,” before deleting it.
But Klopp hasn’t heeded Carragher’s advice so far and is instead considering using James Milner as an alternative to Moreno at full-back. But, after Moreno’s latest horror show, surely the former Borussia Dortmund boss will dip into the market for a left-back.
But who is available?
A move for Leicester City’s Ben Chilwell broke down after the two clubs didn’t agree on the price for the youngster, while Jonas Hector has recently signed a new contract at Cologne.
One player that could be available for fairly cheap is Hull City’s Andrew Robertson. The 22-year-old Scot is a very talented player and he is likely to be available for around £12 million.
A Premier League left-back that may be more expensive is Aaron Cresswell. Despite currently being injured, the 26-year-old would be a quality addition for Liverpool. And the fact that he is a boyhood Liverpool fan would convince him to leave for Klopp’s side.
An option that would certainly be a more high-profile signing would be Wolfsburg’s Ricardo Rodriguez. The 23-year-old has already played in the Bundesliga for four-and-a-half seasons and have played 41 times for his nation, Switzerland.
While buying another left-back is obvious, there is another position Klopp needs to add to. That is defensive midfield.
On Sunday against Arsenal, Jordan Henderson began in that role with Adam Lallana and Wijnaldum either side of him. It’s obvious that Henderson isn’t a holding midfielder and the only other option was Emre Can, who was on the bench.
While the duo can perform in that role, there’s no doubting that it restricts their ability to get forward and create chances for their team. They also don't possess that ability to break up play consistently like a N'Golo Kante or Francis Coquelin would.
Henderson's stats simply don't compare to those of Kante or Coquelin. In terms of tackles won last season, the Liverpool skipper won just 26, compared to Kante's 125 and Coquelin's 57. Also, Henderson only made 22 interceptions with Kante making 156 and Coquelin achieving 77.
The fact that Klopp blocked Lucas Leiva’s move to Galatasaray suggests that he needed him to cover in that defensive midfield position.
But who is available to sign?
One name that has been linked with Liverpool in recent days is former Cardiff City midfielder Gary Medel. The Chilean, who is currently playing for Inter Milan, would be the ideal player to solve the defensive midfield problems. The only downside is the fact that he’s just turned 29.
While he’s not exactly proven, Reece Oxford could prove to be the perfect long-term defensive midfield solution. The 17-year-old is extremely highly-rated at West Ham but is seemingly unsettled after failing to play more regularly. Certainly one for the future but he could turn into the perfect player for that holding role.
Another defensive midfielder in Inter Milan’s ranks is Geoffrey Kondogbia. The 23-year-old has already played for Lens, Sevilla, Monaco and Inter in his short career and, while he would probably at least £30 million, would fit immediately into Liverpool’s squad.
Klopp certainly hasn’t suggested that his summer spending is over and there is no doubt he would be willing to buy further players if they become available.
A left-back and a central midfielder would certainly complete this Liverpool side and would give them a fantastic chance of a top-four finish, if not better.
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