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Liverpool fans were left disappointed after watching their side draw at home against Claude Puel’s Southampton last weekend but the Reds will still be confident of finishing in the top four this season.
Jurgen Klopp’s side are currently third in the Premier League table, five points clear of Manchester United in fifth place and Liverpool are still in control of their own destiny ahead of the final run-in.
Without a doubt, Klopp has had a positive effect on the squad since arriving at Anfield back in 2015 but Liverpool are far from the finished article. The Reds have scored 71 goals in the Premier League this season; only Chelsea (72) have bagged more. However, Liverpool are still shaky in defence and the German will need to invest astutely in the transfer window if they are to compete for the title.
To put their defensive frailties into perspective, Liverpool have conceded 42 goals in 36 games this campaign – three less than 19th-placed Middlesbrough.
If the Reds are serious about their title aspirations next season, Klopp must bring in two or three new stars at the back; the current crop simply aren’t good enough to challenge at the top of the table. James Milner has been a solid performer for Liverpool since joining from Manchester City but he just isn’t a left-back.
Alberto Moreno has failed to inspire confidence since joining Liverpool from Sevilla and supporters will be expecting a major signing in this area of the field before the transfer window slams shut at the end of the summer. With a solid, reliable full-back opposite Nathaniel Clyne, Liverpool would reap rewards; both going forward and in defence.
Meanwhile, Klopp may look to raid former club Borussia Dortmund in a bid to strengthen Liverpool’s central defensive unit. The Reds have signed numerous defenders in recent years but nobody has stepped up to the plate to fill the void left by the likes of Sami Hypia and Jamie Carragher.
A consistent signing in defence and Liverpool, now 1/6 to finish in the top four in the football betting, should stand a better chance of winning a maiden Premier League title.
As previously mentioned, Liverpool have had very few problems in attack but freshening up the frontline shouldn’t do any harm. Remember, the Reds struggled for goals when Sadio Mane went off to the Africa Cup of Nations so Klopp may consider bringing another forward option in as a backup. Keeping Brazilian duo Philippe Coutinho and Roberto Firmino at Anfield ahead of next season is an absolute must if the Reds are to improve further.
Barring a collapse of epic proportions, the Reds will finish in the top four this season – a fine achievement when all is said and done. Klopp knows that the long-term objective remains the same: winning the title is still Liverpool’s primary aim in the near future. With a couple of solid signings here and there, particularly in defence, the Reds will be in the running for the top spots once again.