‘I gave you every opportunity’ – Klopp will strengthen Liverpool squad in summer

Jan Molby believes that Jurgen Klopp should have dipped into the January transfer market – but will certainly strengthen his Liverpool squad this summer.

Despite challenging for the Premier League title with a slightly shallow squad, Liverpool were surprisingly not linked with many deals last month.

Indeed, no new players arrived at Anfield, while only unused trio Mamadou Sakho (loan), Lazar Markovic (loan) and Tiago Ilori (permanent transfer) left.

The Reds’ squad has been scrutinised in recent weeks for their awful January form, with many fans and pundits pointing to injuries and the absence of Sadio Mane through the Africa Cup of Nations.

Klopp led his team to a mere one win – against League Two side Plymouth Argyle – in nine matches in 2017.

Former Liverpool star Molby insists that a “kick-start” was needed via new faces, though fully expects Klopp to buy in the summer window.

Molby wrote for the Liverpool Echo: “I’d have liked us to have made a signing in January. Sometimes you’re just treading water a little bit and you need something to kick-start your season again.

“We didn’t but now we go into a period of 15 games in 15 weeks which should suit us. In terms of the squad, Jurgen Klopp’s shown a lot of patience but I think it’s important to him.

“When he makes decisions he likes to be able to look the player in the eye and say ‘I gave you every opportunity’.

“So we look forward to the summer. Klopp will never be a chequebook manager but there will be some new players coming in that’s for sure.”

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