Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard has highlighted the two areas which he believes Liverpool need to strengthen this summer ahead of next season.
Gerrard was frequently on our TV screens last season as a pundit with BT Sport, and is looking forward to taking on a new role as the coach of the Liverpool Under-18’s side, however despite his commitments he still takes a keen interest in the first team activities at Liverpool.
Speaking to BT Sport, he revealed he believes Liverpool have the capability to challenge for the Premier League title next season. He said: “We’ve got a fantastic manager at the helm, who will hopefully attract a few big names to complete the jigsaw.
“I think Liverpool are very, very close. If you look at the statistics in the top six, they’re the best team in terms of head-to-head. Liverpool know where they need to improve and it’s the consistency against the teams that are maybe in the bottom half of the table.
“The teams that sit narrow and compact, and are difficult to break down. But hopefully we can get the two or three big pieces of the jigsaw that are missing, I’m really confident Liverpool can keep moving forward and there will be success just round the corner.”
Furthermore, when asked about what positions Liverpool should look to strengthen, he highlighted how both the left-back spot and the attacking line should be improved, with Roma winger Mohamed Salah the prime target so far.
He said: “I think we need someone in the left-back position. James [Milner] has done a fantastic job, but it would be nice to have another option out there as well.
“And maybe one more attacking player, to give us a bit more firepower and help us unlock these defences that are playing really narrow and compact. But I don’t think we need major construction, I think it’s just a couple of the pieces of the jigsaw left, and I’m really happy with where we are at the moment.”
Other targets Liverpool have been chasing is Southampton’s Virgil van Dijk and RB Leipzig midfielder Naby Keita, although the van Dijk deal fell through earlier this month. There are also reports of Fulham’s 16-year-old sensation Ryan Sessegnon being a potential target for Klopp, but others are suggesting Klopp is targeting other options.