Legendary Premier League striker Ian Wright reckons Liverpool need three acquisitions in the summer and has named two of them.
Really, we could do with somebody as prolific as the former Arsenal man, but Wright sees our defence as the primary issue – naming two centre-backs who currently play in the top flight.
Speaking to BBC Radio Five Live’s 606 podcast Wright earmarked:
“Keane and Van Dijk. Keane looks like a very good defender. Van Dijk is a good defender and he can play. They need to sort out their left-back situation as well.”
For us, 24-year-old Keane doesn’t represent a very big improvement on Dejan Lovren and is a worse defender than Joel Matip.
He plays for Burnley who defend very deep, which makes it easier to look decent with clearances and blocks – but we don’t think he’d suit Jurgen Klopp, who plays a high-line and demands his centre-backs pass it out.
Van Dijk would be a wonderful addition, but the Southampton man is going to be very expensive, although we’ve proven on countless occasion our ability to snare their best players.
In regards to a left-back, a natural option for this role is probably a necessity, too. No names have been concretely linked, but while James Milner has done relatively well, he cannot represent a long-term option here.