Jamie Carragher wants Liverpool to sign three players for the “spine” of the team that will come in and play in Jurgen Klopp’s first XI next season.
Picking the bones out of Liverpool’s Champions League exit, Carragher claimed Klopp needs to be backed in the summer transfer market. He believes a trio of players needed to lift the deposed champions. Klopp’s men will finish the season trophyless after Real Madrid eliminated them from the Champions League on Wednesday.
Liverpool’s form has dropped off this term, despite Klopp insisting ahead of the campaign that the champions would attack their title defence. Injuries of course have played a huge part with Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez ruled out for the season.
And while Michael Owen believes Klopp’s squad does not need major surgery, Carragher thinks they need three big signings.
Carragher believes a new centre-back to partner Van Dijk, a replacement for Georgino Wijnaldum and a new forward are required.
“It’s imperative that Liverpool get into the Champions League next season, in terms of revenue and attracting players,” Carragher said on CBS Sports. “Right now, Liverpool need three players right down the spine.
“They need a centre-back to play. A midfield player to replace Wijnaldum, who is moving. And someone to play, week in and week out as part of the front three if they want to match Manchester City next season.”
Owen: No big overhaul
Speaking on BT Sport, Owen thinks Liverpool only need to strengthen around the first XI with “14 or 15 players that are first-team”.
Owen said: “They’re going to welcome back with open arms a couple of big, big players.
“Once they’re fit, I don’t really look at the squad and think it needs a big overhaul. They bought Jota for a lot of money.
“I think there’s a big drop-off at Liverpol. If they have like four or five injuries, then there’s a drop-off then.
“They’ve got sort of 14 or 15 players that are first-team and don’t weaken the side. But then I think there’s a little bit of a drop-off.
“You still wouldn’t want to leave Liverpool at the moment, they’re still flying high.”