LIVERPOOL started 2017 flying high and seen as a genuine challenger to Chelsea for this season’s Premier League title.
A victory over Manchester City on New Year’s Eve was the last time Jurgen Klopp’s team won in the League, with a three draws and two losses — against Swansea and Hull — in 2017.
One January 1, they were second and six points behind the Blues. They are now fifth and 13 points back.
Klopp has been linked to some big name players in the Rumour Mill, including his former protege Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, of Dortmund. The Gabon superstar was previously linked to Arsenal while Manchester City are reportedly already talking to Dortmund in a bid to thrash out a deal.
The papers say Liverpool are ready to table a bid of £40 million for Aubameyang and Klopp would sell injury prone England striker Daniel Sturridge to finance the deal.
The 27-year-old is contracted to 2020 but Dortmund have said they’d consider a bid above £68 million.
A signature of that magnitude would solve one problem at Anfield but a former player says the club is in need of a major overhaul.
Charlie Adam told BBC Radio Five Live the team needs six new signings to be competitive.
“Personally [I think] they need a goalkeeper,” he said. “They need a left-back. James Milner has done a terrific job, but they need an actual left-back.
“They need another central midfielder, they need another striker and I think they need a couple of wingers.”
Former striker John Aldridge has also urged a striker upgrade on Sturridge.
Writing in The Liverpool Echo, Aldridge said: “We need an out-and-out goalscorer.
“Look at [Everton’s] Romelu Lukaku. He doesn’t give you a lot outside the penalty box but hey he’s scored 16 goals. That’s exactly what we need.
“When we had four players all scoring it was great but you need your matchwinner up front.
“I think we’ve got to find one. Daniel Sturridge is not going to do it because the manager is not playing him. We need to unearth a 20-goal-a-season man.
“Tottenham have got Harry Kane. He’s been through a lean spell but has come through it with flying colours and that shows his strong mental attitude to prove people wrong.”