Former Liverpool midfielder Jason McAteer says that Jurgen Klopp’s front three could not keep up their form and believes two top players need signing this summer.
Klopp’s men have hit the buffers over the last few weeks with four defeats in their last six games in all competitions.
The latest of and mist painful will have been the midweek reverse to Atletico Madrid which saw them bundled out of the Champions League in the last 16.
The Reds dominated the game but missed a series of chances and were then caught on the break as Atletico progressed 4-2 on aggregate.
And McAteer says Liverpool’s poor form was inevitable, especially with the demands Klopp places on his players, including his star-studded front three Mo Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino.
Salah (40), Mane (38), Firmino (43) have played over 120 games between them this season and McAteer says they need help with some top-quality replacements.
McAteer told the Racing Post: “There’s a trade-off to be had and you cannot keep going at that pace. At some point this was going to happen.
“You accept a Klopp team will not change in terms of approach and style. But this particular team cannot keep doing it, this front three is on the brink and has to change. And that means that this summer is the time to bring in the likes of Jadon Sancho and Timo Werner.
“The first thing they’ll want is guarantees that they’ll be getting game time in among Liverpool’s trio of superstars but if I was Klopp, I’d be telling them you’ll get more minutes than you think.
“The solution to the front three is not to break it up immediately but Mo Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino can’t go on forever, so this summer Klopp has to be planning for the next stage, they are getting found out.
“Liverpool’s front three have got a way of playing and teams are now figuring out how to defend against them.
“Liverpool are getting found out and that will make them easier to play against – so now’s the time to evolve and bring in the next group of top-quality players.”