Jason McAteer has congratulated Liverpool on their imminent title success – but has warned Jurgen Klopp the hard work starts now.
Liverpool can be crowned Premier League champions on Thursday night if Man City fail to win at Chelsea. Should Pep Guardiola’s men win, they can triumph next Thursday when the Reds travel to the Etihad.
But despite lauding their efforts this season, former Reds star McAteer is hoping the board back Klopp in the market this summer.
Now McAteer, speaking to the Racing Post, has listed three reasons why they’ll need to seriously strengthen their squad.
“The job is done. The celebrations for Liverpool’s first title since 1990 are about to begin and it’s a great time to be a Red. But, what now?” McAteer said.
“They can’t stand still and they should be looking to dominate the English game in the same manner as Manchester United did in the 1990s.
“That’s not going to be easy with some clubs potentially able to fork out big transfer fees. Of course though we don’t know what sort of world we are going to be living in when the window opens.”
McAteer also says the fact that Klopp’s squad will be another year old means new signings are a must. McAteer also pointed to the fact that there will also be up to six departures at Anfield too.
“Liverpool need to keep evolving and the players who have served Jurgen Klopp so well will be a year older,” he added. “They are going to lose personnel who need to be replaced.”
McAteer highlights high Liverpool press
Furthermore, McAteer points to Klopp’s high energy press and the need to rotate their top stars.
“The team that started Wednesday’s 4-0 win over Crystal Palace was probably Klopp’s favourite line-up. But the counter-pressing style requires such a lot of energy that reinforcements are needed because there will be times when they need to rotate.
“It is going to be a big year with the Euros at the end of the season. All the top players are going to want to play regularly, something that Klopp is not able to provide for everyone.”
Klopp, meanwhile, has reportedly ordered a £54m bid for an Italian defender. Read more here.