Liverpool face Manchester United tonight at Old Trafford and after a busy transfer window do Liverpool have a squad equipped for the new season? They spent over £75-million in this window but did they spend wisely?
Liverpool's problem for the past few seasons has been their defence, conceding 98 goals in just two seasons, and for a club that wishes to challenge for a Champions League spot, that isn't good enough.
Other clubs in the top half of the table have been out in the market to improve their central defence. Otamendi at Manchester City, Virgil van Dijk at Southampton and Merseyside rivals Everton improved their starting line-up with Argentinian international defender Ramiro Funes Mori.
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Liverpool have signed Nathaniel Clyne from Southampton - but he is a wingback that likes to get forward and cross balls into the box instead of defend. Personally I think that Liverpool have lost some of the allure that they used to have when signing players.
Now that Steven Gerrard and Luis Suarez have gone to different leagues, there isn't a world class player in which potential signings will aspire to play alongside. Realistically, after the gamble of Lovren last season for £20 million, which turned out to be a disaster, Liverpool should have signed an established defender such as Raphael Varane from Real Madrid.
The transfer of Christian Benteke was a good one in the sense that Liverpool needed a proven goalscorer and last season he showed for Aston Villa that when Benteke is on form, very few defenders can handle him.
He scored 13 goals in the 2014/15 season, however, Benteke played a completely different style at Villa. The ball was usually whipped into the box by a winger - but as Liverpool sold Raheem Sterling and failed to replace him - they may be forced to play more central, which will take Benteke some time to adjust. A player more suited to Liverpool's style of play is the much sought after Borrusia Dortmund striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
Aubameyang's pace to get inside the defenders would have suited the EPL and would have caused problems. He is a proven goalscorer after scoring 16 last season in Bundesliga.
Liverpool may need to invest in a winger in January because they lack pace. A player that comes to mind is Bayern Leverkusen winger Karim Bellarabi - last season he had more successful dribbles than Lionel Messi with 131 compared to Messi's 127.
His pace and technical ability should provide Benteke with many chances.