Steven Gerrard has dismissed the need for a complete summer makeover to Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool squad and instead highlighted the importance of signing two or three key players.
The Reds are expected to enjoy a busy window with Klopp having been granted the largest transfer budget in the club’s history in aid of taking Liverpool closer to becoming consistent Premier League title challengers.
An ability to spend big has been evidenced by strong interest in £50million+ targets in RB Leipzig midfielder Naby Keita and Southampton defender Virgil van Dijk, with the pair representing a desire to bolster the spine of the Liverpool team.
Gerrard’s wish for the arrival of another attaking player could soon come true with the club reportedly in talks over a deal for Roma winger Mohamed Salah.
The Egyptian is likely to become the club’s most expensive signing of all time if an agreement is reached and is perceived as worthwhile business as a player with the explosive traits designed to make him a perfect fit to Klopp’s attacking setup.
A left-back is also likely to be brought in, though it remains to be seen whether it will be as an immediate starter in place of James Milner or as an understudy to the club’s vice-captain.
An overhaul is by no means needed on a squad that was producing arguably the best and most exciting football in the Premier League during the first half of the season.
That said, a few significant additions will give Klopp valuable alternative options and go someway towards preventing the kind of mid-season dip in form that hampered Liverpool’s progress following the turn of the year.