Liverpool have already started the January transfer window brightly by having secured the signature of sought after defender Virgil Van Dijk.
The Dutchman completed his long rumoured transfer to Anfield earlier this week, joining the Reds in a mammoth £75 million deal from struggling Southampton. The addition of Van Dijk will be a much needed boost to Liverpool’s defence – which has long been their problem rather than their attacking prowess – however by no means is business complete this month.
Jurgen Klopp still needs to add players to his squad to turn them into genuine title contenders (for next season at least) and ensure their qualification for the Champions League this year. If you like having a punt on who Liverpool might sign in this window you might also like CasinoHeroes.
But back to the transfer window and these are the two positions he must invest in over the coming weeks …
Put simply, floundering duo Simon Mignolet and Loris Karius are, not good enough. While the pair’s performances – especially Mignolet’s – have improved in recent months, the two remain a liability and a barrier to Liverpool become a genuine force of English football.
Look at their rivals. Chelsea have Thibaut Courtois. Manchester United have David De Gea. City have Edersen. Tottenham have Hugo Lloris. And Arsenal – although ageing – have Petr Cech. The Reds need to start competing in that area.
Who could they buy?: Alisson, Kevin Trapp
As sad as it is, Philippe Coutinho seems destined for Barcelona. Whether it be this month or in the summer, his departure is a formality. A name like that, regardless of Liverpool’s talent in the middle, will be sorely missed, and needs replacing.
Better to act sooner rather than later, and bring in a replacement for the Brazil international before the end of the month. Often new players, even superstars, take time to adapt to the Premier League, so buying in January gives whoever is the chosen one to take Coutinho’s place a six month window to do so.
Who could they buy?: Thomas Lemar, Julian Draxler