Liverpool are ‘one or two players away from winning Premier League’

Date published: Tuesday 31st July 2018 7:52 - Rob McCarthy

Jurgen Klopp Liverpool

Liverpool are “one or two players” short of having a team capable of winning the Premier League, according to former Reds midfielder Charlie Adam.

Jurgen Klopp’s side finished fourth last season but have spent nearly £170m this summer on improving their squad.

They also paid £75m for Southampton centre-back Virgil van Dijk in January, but Adam says they need another defender to challenge last season’s runaway champions Manchester City.

“Liverpool have done excellent business so far,” he told BBC Radio 5 live.

Versatile Guinea midfielder Naby Keita has arrived from RB Leipzig for around £50m, Brazil midfielder Fabinho has joined from Monaco in a deal that could eventually be worth more than £40m, while Swiss playmaker Xherdan Shaqiri has come in for £13m.

Naby Keita Liverpool

Liverpool have also made Alisson the world’s most expensive goalkeeper after recruiting the 25-year-old from Roma in a deal that is reportedly worth up to £66.8m.

“Liverpool are one or two players from the title,” said Adam on The Monday Night Club. “He [Klopp] has added quality to the squad, I still think they could do with another centre-half.

“They have brought Shaqiri in, a good replacement if Mohamed Salah needs a rest. Daniel Sturridge is to come back in – if he stays fit he could be in that team as well.

“The goalkeeper situation was a big problem for them last season. He has seen that problem and got that deal done,” he said.

“He [Alisson] is going to be worth six to eight points over the season. It adds a total belief and confidence.”


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