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What do Liverpool still need to do before transfer window closes?

It’s under a week until the transfer window closes, so what do Liverpool still need to do?

Having conceded five goals in their first two games of the Premier League season, defence seems to be the area of priority for the Reds.

We look at what they have done so far this summer and what could happen before the 11.30pm deadline on August 31.

Ins

Sadio Mane (Southampton, £36m), Loris Karius (Mainz, £4.7m), Joel Matip (Schalke, free), Georginio Wijnaldum (Newcastle, £25m), Ragnar Klavan (Augsburg, £4.2m), Alex Manninger (free)
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Major outs

Christian Benteke (Crystal Palace, £32m), Jordon Ibe (Bournemouth, £15m), Joe Allen (Stoke, £13m), Brad Smith (Bournemouth, £6m), Martin Skrtel (Fenerbahce, £5m), Jerome Sinclair (Watford, £4m), Joao Teixeira (Porto, £0.25m), Sergi Canos (Norwich, £2.5m), Kolo Toure (released), Lawrence Vigouroux (Swindon, £0.40m)

What do Liverpool need?

After a busy summer at Anfield, it is the defence that appears to need strengthening most before the window shuts.

Speaking after the 2-0 defeat to Burnley, former Reds defender Jamie Carragher said: “The defence is a big problem. It was a big problem under Brendan Rodgers and it doesn’t look like it has been rectified. Klopp’s had a summer now and looked at where he needs to strengthen but the big-money buys have been at the other end of the pitch.”

Sadio Mane is Liverpool's most expensive addition of the summer

Sadio Mane is Liverpool’s most expensive addition of the summer

 

Carragher also believes that Liverpool could do with cover in the centre of midfield. “Jordan Henderson is not a defensive midfield player and Emre Can is the only one in the squad that does play there because it looks like Lucas is surplus to requirements,” he said.

Who are the targets?

Having sold Christian Benteke to Crystal Palace for £32m, Liverpool may have money to spend before the window closes.

They have been linked with several left-backs over the summer, including Germany international Jonas Hector and PSV’s Jetro Willems. Hector, however, has only recently signed a new deal with Cologne.

 

Jonas Hector has been linked with Liverpool

Jonas Hector has been linked with Liverpool

 

Porto defender Bruno Martins Indi is another reported target.

Sky in Italy say the Reds have a ‘strong interest’ in Roma midfielder LeandroParedes, although the Serie A side are apparently reluctant to sell. There has also been talk that Liverpool are among several top-flight clubs keeping tabs on Nottingham Forest youngster Oliver Burke.

What has Klopp said?

“If we would have found the perfect fit, with all the things around – it’s not about money, only playing style, defending skills, offensive skills, technical things – if we could have found this then you would have known because we would have made the transfer.

 

We have a lot of players, in our opinion, who can play in our style of play at left full-back.
Jurgen Klopp

 

What’s the pundit view?

Phil Thompson: “Obviously an area that Liverpool are looking to strengthen is at left-back because of James Milner being asked to play there. Jurgen Klopp has come out and supported Alberto Moreno, which he has to do because you never know when you’re going to need a player. I think most Liverpool fans would like to see an out-an-out left-back come in to compete.

I think most Liverpool fans would like to see an out-an-out left-back come in to compete.
Phil Thompson

 

“I did think that Klopp would go for Germany’s Jonas Hector, who is first and foremost a good defender and also decent at getting forward, which is the way it should be.”

What’s your view?


Source: Sky Sports

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