Liverpool's dream signings to get Klopp's system working

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When Jurgen Klopp arrived at Anfield, labelling himself the 'normal one', a fresh wave of optimism swept over Liverpool.

However, going into 2016, Klopp now boasts a record not much better than his predecessor Brendan Rodgers.

It could well be argued that Klopp is trying to imprint his own brand of football on a group of footballers that aren't his, so now the transfer window is open, will he be tempted to bring in some new personnel, and if so, which positions require strengthening?


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Whilst Simon Mignolet is undoubtedly one of the most talented shotstoppers in the Premier League, and has the most clean sheets this calendar year, he has been guilty of making simple mistakes and failing to command his area.

He has cost Liverpool vital points in matches, therefore, despite defending Mignolet in recent weeks, Klopp could well look towards a replacement for his goalkeeper.

Steve Mandanda, the experienced French international goalkeeper, has a contract at Marseille which expires this summer, and as such could be available for a cut price deal in January. Other possible options include Galatasaray's Fernando Muslera or AC Milan's Diego Lopez.


With an upsurge in form for Dejan Lovren in recent weeks, Klopp may not see strengthening his defence as a priority in January.

However there must still be concerns- Martin Skrtel is injured, Joe Gomez is out for the season, and Kolo Toure is prone to mistakes at the back.

A reassuring, calm defender such as Neven Subotic could be a useful signing for Liverpool, and with the man who used to captain Dortmund under Klopp sat on the bench in the Bundesliga, he could be tempted by a move to Merseyside in January.

Other potential signings include Marseille's Nicolas Nkoulou - who is available to sign on a pre-contract agreement in January - and Joel Matip, the Schalke ace who has been linked with a move away from the Bundesliga.


Despite the creative talents of Philippe Coutinho, Roberto Firmino and Adam Lallana, Liverpool continue to be linked with attacking players.

Young Leeds winger Sam Byram could be worth some interest for a cheap option, with natural wide men few and far between at Anfield.

However, at the end of the season, Lazar Markovic will return from a loan spell in Turkey, which may feel like a new signing and another option could be Jese Rodriguez from Real Madrid.

Arsenal are also linked with the Spanish ace, but he is not getting game time at the Bernabeu, and with Euro 2016 on the horizon, could be tempted by the offer of constant first team football.

Other options include Mario Suarez; the Fiorentina midfielder has made just eight appearances this season and Liverpool are rumoured to have expressed an interest in signing the Spanish international as well as Ilkay Gundogan, who knows Jurgen Klopp well from his days at Dortmund.


Although it is still early days in the Klopp era at Anfield, it appears that Christian Benteke may not fit into the new 'Gegenpress' system being introduced.

More mobile strikers, such as Divock Origi, have been preferred, in order to cover more ground and pressure defenders. With Benteke not preferred by Klopp, Danny Ings out for the season and Daniel Sturridge unable to shake off injury problems, Klopp may be interested in signing a new striker in January.

Alexandre Pato could be in line for a move to the Premier League, having previously been seen as a star for the future at AC Milan. He has been in fine goalscoring form in his domestic Brazilian league, but has recently been linked with a move to England.

It remains to be seen if any new signings will arrive at Liverpool, but with the reputation Jurgen Klopp has in Europe, it wouldn't be a surprise to see some big names arrive at Anfield over the next few weeks.

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