Gary and Phil Neville agree on Liverpool’s top summer target

Date published: Thursday 13th July 2017 8:49

Gary and Phil Neville believe Liverpool need to make at least five signings if they are to mount a title-winning challenge this season.

And the brothers, who made over 600 appearances between them for Manchester United, believe top of Jurgen Klopp’s shopping list should be a new goalkeeper.

Liverpool signed Loris Karius from Mainz last summer and he became the club’s No.1, but Simon Mignolet re-established himself as Klopp’s preferred goalkeeper and played 28 league games last season.

However, Phil Neville does not believe he is good enough to play for a title-winning team and says Klopp must be looking to improve his current goalkeeping options

“In terms of the positions in which Liverpool need strengthening, I think the goalkeeping situation is always a healthy debate,” Neville said at the launch of Sky Bet Super 6’s sponsorship of Salford City FC.

“With Mignolet there, is he a goalkeeper who is going to win you the league? I don’t think so and maybe that’s a position they have to strengthen.

“But I think squad depth is a problem Liverpool have, more than squad quality.”

Gary Neville agreed a goalkeeper should be on his summer shopping list, but also thinks defensively they need to add some depth.

“I think they need centre backs,” added Gary Neville.

“And a left back. I think James Milner did a brilliant job last season, but to continue to think he can keep playing there…

“I think they need to sort out the defence and the goalkeeper and although I do like Emre Can, potentially a holding midfield player, depending on how Jordan Henderson is.”

Liverpool will play in the group stage of the Champions League this season if they win a two-legged play-off next month and Phil Neville believes they simply need number in their squad to compete.

“I think they need numbers,” added Phil Neville.

“The problems they had last season were around Christmas time or January and February when they had multiple injuries in their squad.

“The squad didn’t have enough depth to cope with all their injuries.

“I think with their Champions League qualification now with the FA Cup, the League Cup and the League, they are going to need five or six more players to thicken up the squad and they’re going to need quality to improve the starting XI.

“I think there was a period just before Christmas, maybe in November, when you thought ‘Liverpool could win the league this year.'”


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