Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has been urged to add experience to his squad after the exits of Dejan Lovren and Adam Lallana, though a young duo have been backed to shine next season.
The Reds will open their Premier League defence with a mouthwatering tie against Leeds Utd on September 12.
Many predict another two-horse race between Liverpool and Man City once more. But unlike their rivals, the Reds have been relatively quiet in the transfer window.
The veteran presences of Lovren and Lallana have departed, and only back-up left-back Kostas Tsimikas has this far arrived.
Now, according to former Liverpool winger Steve McMananan, Klopp should seek to add another veteran to his ranks .
“It’s very uncertain times financially,” he told The Daily Star.
“But if you are losing players like Dejan Lovren and Adam Lallana you also need to bring in experience as it keeps the momentum going while integrating youngsters.
“You need squad rotation to battle on three or four fronts and you want to sign quality players.
“I would ideally prefer a slightly bigger squad.
“And, the way they play, another great forward would be useful.”
Duo tipped for big impact
Liverpool have been strongly linked with 29-year-old Thiago Alcantara, though should that deal not materialise amid new links with Arsenal, McMananan sees a pair of prospects who could make the step up into the first-team on a regular basis.
“There are kids in the academy who are doing well and could step forward,” McManaman continued.
“One or two can certainly be integrated into that first-team situation.
“They can travel with them every game and being around the senior players helps their development.
“You can accommodate two in certain matches, but you still need to keep the nucleus of proper first-team players if you are going to win the Champions League and Premier League.
“I work at the academy and I’d love to see them involved and playing more games.
“I hope that’s the next step.”