Carlo Ancelotti believes Liverpool have a promising young squad, but they will need a new leader before they can start to think about competing for major titles.
Leaders are something that have been in abundance at Anfield over the past 15 years. Steven Gerrard was an inspiration for over a decade while Jamie Carragher acted as a more-than worthy understudy.
But both have now moved on and there has been no one to replace their talismanic figures. Jordan Henderson is the current captain of the squad and summer addition James Milner is vice-captain.
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Ancelotti, speaking with the Daily Mail, has been impressed with the likes of Philippe Coutinho and Christian Benteke, but the Italian thinks someone with more experience is needed.
"I think Liverpool are a good team," he said. "They have some really good young players — Coutinho, [Roberto] Firmino, Benteke. If they can find an experienced player like Gerrard or Carragher — an example to the squad — I think they can be really competitive. But I did not speak with them. If I spoke with them I can say 'yes', but no, I did not."
Along with Jurgen Klopp, Ancelotti was heavily linked with the vacant managerial role at Liverpool when Brendan Rodgers was dismissed last month.
Reports went as far as to claim that Anfield officials had spoken with Ancelotti and were in fact angling towards him over Klopp. Eventually, it was the German who took over and fans have been ecstatic with that choice.
Ancelotti maintains that he never spoke to Liverpool and is still enjoying his sabbatical following a two-year spell at Real Madrid. He also believes Klopp was the right man for a club with such a strong identity.
Asked if he had any sort of contact with Liverpool, Anceolotti responded: "No. They made the right appointment in Klopp. He is a good manager. With the best managers you see their identity in their team. Klopp's Dortmund team had a very strong identity."