5) Sign a top-class defender
It was the talk of the entire summer in the Merseyside that the Reds desperately needed a top-class defender to sort their defensive problems. So much so that, their most expensive signing ever, Mo Salah, arrived at a comparatively indifferent attitude. The fans knew Salah’s signing was an exciting one, but it wasn’t what they were asking for. And 11 games in the season, those talks have further proliferated after the Reds’ horror defensive show has continued. Perhaps missing out on Van Dijk, arguably the best defender in the Premier League did hurt Reds’ chances. However, the transfer committee deserves criticism, with no backup plan in place. The Reds have had to struggle with the likes of Lovren, Klavan and Moreno, all of whom have had some awful moments this season.
4) Buy a new goalkeeper
If anything would have appeased the Merseyside faithful despite missing out on a top-class defender this summer, it would have been the signing of a world-beater goalkeeper. Simon Mignolet has done well this season, and in one-on-one situations is a fine goalkeeper; however, unfortunately for him, he is nowhere near what Liverpool deserve. A club of this size deserves a commanding figure at the goal, and both Karius and Mignolet are not going to be the man to go with in the future. Talks of a new no1 have again taken up speed after Mignolet’s lack of authority was exposed time and time again at both Wembley and Etihad.
3) A holding midfielder
The use of an attacking 4-3-3 system, Klopp deploys at Liverpool, asks for a strong midfielder to hold the midfield together. The base requires both a calming and big presence, which Henderson until now has managed to do. But the transformation of the England international takes away his best asset, which is his stamina and ability to get in the box. Emre Can is the other candidate for it, but his lack of creativity hurts his cause. As such, the club could do well with a proper holding midfielder, like Matic and Kante at Manchester United and Chelsea. The likes of IdrissaGueye and WilfiredNdidi could prove astute options before Naby Keita arrives at Anfield at the beginning of the next season.
2) Plan B striker
Klopp’s ideology of using Roberto Firmino as the false nine have worked well in big games for the Reds, with the Brazilian spearheading Liverpool’s free-flowing passing game and pressing the opponents. However, Firmino’s best position is on the wings, which sometimes leads to certain deficiencies in his game as a striker. Therefore, the Reds could do with an orthodox striker, which could ultimately provide the plan B against sides which tend to sit deep against Liverpool. The likes of Arsenal, Manchester United have plenty of other options to change the playing style when it doesn’t work. In Dom Solanke, Reds do have an exciting player, but he is the one for the future.
1) Sign a new top 10
Liverpool once again proved their stubbornness this summer when they kept hold of Coutinho, despite their star playmaker’s public transfer request. However, the situation is clearly shaping up to be another Luis Suarez story at Anfield. It is only inevitable that Barca returns for Coutinho next summer, only this time, Coutinho would leave the club for Spanish giants. There has been constant talk of Julian Draxler joining the club, which could prove a huge signing and a direct replacement for Coutinho. But this where Reds need to be cautious, they just cannot have another Van Djik situation, with no backup plans in place.