Liverpool are on the up and up under Jurgen Klopp, but there is a lot to be done to go to the next level. Here are four players to take them there
Alexandre Lacazette (Olympique Lyon)
Since the departure Luis Suárez, Liverpool have been missing what every title winning team needs; a 25/30 goal per season man. Daniel Sturridge is capable of doing just that but Liverpool can’t count on him as his injury record is nothing short of disastrous. In current No9 Roberto Firmino, The Reds have a player that is instrumental in Jürgen Klopp’s style of play. On the flip side, his goal scoring record (12 goals in 41 games in 2016/17) is not what is required for a Liverpool striker.
To really more up a gear, which is to challenge in Europe and for the Premier League title, the striker position needs to be addressed this summer. The player Klopp should be targeting for that task is Alexandre Lacazette (26). The Frenchman is a proven predator, scoring a staggering 91 goals in his last three seasons for French heavyweights Olympique Lyon.
Lyon will unquestionably demand a hefty fee for the Frenchman. However, bearing in mind that he’s a guarantee for goals and will only get better as he’s yet to enter his prime, the large investment will be worth it.
José Giménez (Atlético Madrid)
With Southampton defender Virgil van Dijk off the table due to the danger of Premier League investigation following Liverpool’s supposed tapping up of the Dutchman, the Merseyside club has to look elsewhere to find a partner for Joël Matip.
It’s been as clear as day that Liverpool has been struggling defensively for years now. We only have to look back to the 2013/14 season where the defense cost Brendan Rodgers’ side the title, conceding 50 goals. This time around Liverpool look slightly better at the back, which is mainly down to Matip – who arrived on a free transfer from Schalke 04 last summer.
To really become a force, though, Liverpool need to find a new partner for the German other than Dejan Lovren. That’s where José Giménez comes in. The 22-year-old Uruguayan has had a difficult season at Atlético Madrid but has more than proven his capabilities as a top-class defender. Giménez would be the perfect solution to Liverpool’s defensive woes.
Faouzi Ghoulam (Napoli)
Although James Milner has done well in filling in the left-back position, it would be foolish for Liverpool not to sign a specialist this summer. In the modern era, full-backs have become extremely important and Milner is simply lacking some qualities you would expect, the most important one being pace.
Benjamin Mendy and Ricardo Rodríguez were options for Liverpool to consider but with the former looking Manchester City-bound and the latter signing for AC Milan, another name emerges as the best option; Faouzi Ghoulam. The Algerian international has been impressing in Serie A for Napoli since he signed for the club in 2014.
Ghoulam would bring pace, good crossing and some height to the back four, being 6 feet two which are all attributes a top full-back needs. It makes Ghoulam an upgrade on the tireless, yet limited James Milner.
Mohamed Salah (AS Roma)
Liverpool has lots of technical players in their squad, but something they haven’t got in abundance, however, are pacy forwards and it was quite apparent when Sadio Mané was playing in the Africa Cup at the start of 2017. The Reds – who were still in the race for the title after the turn of the year – went on a catastrophic run in Mané’s absence which saw the team drop out of the top four.
It has underlined the need of another quick winger. Klopp has seemed to acknowledge this as well and has already made a move for AS Roma winger Mohamed Salah. The Egyptian has had a great season for the Italian side in 2016/17 and is an in-demand player at the moment.
The only stumbling block for Liverpool in the pursuit of Salah is Roma’s valuation of €50M. It shouldn’t stop Liverpool from signing Salah, though, as the current inflated market demands enormous fees for any player. It’s not like Liverpool doesn’t have the money.