Liverpool legend gives Jurgen Klopp advice about transfer targets

Former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher has told manager Jurgen Klopp what he needs to do in order to improve the squad for next season.

The Reds are yet to bring in new talent to the first team, and have suffered disappointment in their pursuit of Southampton defender Virgil van Dijk.

At the start of the month, The Express reported that Liverpool were favourites to land the £50m-rated centre-back ahead of the likes of Chelsea and Manchester City.

However, the move crumbled when the Merseyside outfit were accused of ‘tapping up’ and they were forced to issue a statement apologising for “any misunderstanding” and confirmed that they had withdrawn their interest from the player.

With regards to Liverpool’s transfer strategy this summer, Carragher believes that they should focus on bringing in “quality” players that can bolster the strength and depth of the squad.

Last season, when all of Klopp’s first XI were fit, the team were a force to be reckoned with at times, but their bench did little to inspire and they were weakened when the likes of Philippe Coutinho, Sadio Mane and Adam Lallana were not available.

Carragher told Liverpool’s official website:

“Rather than just adding players to the squad, you want to add players to the team. If you add three or four players and they go straight into the first XI, three or four of those who were playing week in, week out last season go to the bench.

“It makes the bench a lot stronger and your team a lot stronger. It’s not just numbers. It’s about getting the right quality that can go straight into the team.”