Souness suggests Liverpool need a midfielder similar to Silva or De Bruyne

Sky Sports pundit Graeme Souness suggested during a broadcast of Monday Night Football that Liverpool’s biggest weakness is their lack of creativity in the middle of the park.

What’s the word?

The Reds are genuine Premier League title challengers this season after manager Jurgen Klopp addressed the club’s defensive issues and brought in a better quality goalkeeper in Alisson.

At the moment the results are going their way as they remain unbeaten in the top flight having won seven and drawn two.

They share the same points as league leaders Manchester City, but Pep Guardiola’s side have a 10-goal advantage.

The results have been welcomed by the Reds but the team’s performances have come under question.

Defensively Liverpool have been solid, but up front, the trio of Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane have not found their stride collectively.

In addition, there has been a lack of flair in the middle of the pitch, which is something that Sounds raised during a taping of Sky Sports’ Monday Night Football.

So far this season Liverpool’s midfield has seen James Milner, Jordan Henderson, Georginio Wijnaldum and Naby Keita feature.

While Souness believes that there is quality in the available options, he thinks that the Reds are in need of a certain type of player.

“I think [midfield concern] is how Jurgen sees it as well. He signed two midfield players this summer, and went for Nabil Fekir from Lyon as the third. That tells you he thinks he needs to strengthen.

“I think that’s what it is. They have three real workaholics in there, but I don’t think they’ve got anyone in there who is really cute and clever, like a David Silva or a Kevin De Bruyne. But these are hard players to find.”

Is it all Coutinho’s fault?

When Philippe Coutinho left Anfield to join Barcelona in January, many fans assumed that the club would recruit a replacement in the summer.

Numerous names were linked with the Merseyside outfit, including Lyon playmaker Nabil Fekir.

However, a transfer never materialised and Liverpool entered the season without a player of Coutinho’s calibre in midfield.

Initially, the Brazilian’s presence was not missed due to the fact that Salah, Firmino and Mane were in the form of their lives in the second half of the 2017-18 campaign.

As mentioned, the front trio have been relatively lacklustre so far this season, which has highlighted the gap left behind following Coutinho’s exit.

It may be difficult for Liverpool to sign a world-class attacking midfielder in January, but they should definitely draw up a list of targets.