Liverpool need to spend big to keep up with rivals

Liverpool fan and former Newcastle United forward Micky Quinn has told talkSPORT that the Reds are planning to sign five or six “high-profile players” this summer.

What’s the word?

Liverpool did not bring in any new recruits last month, but following the club’s recent collapse, it appears that American owners Fenway Sports Group are planning a splurge.

While co-hosting one of the radio station’s morning show, Quinn claimed that manager Jurgen Klopp will be given significant funds for the summer window.

He has predicted that striker Daniel Sturridge, who has had limited game time this season, and goalkeeper Simon Mignolet, who has struggled for consistency in between the sticks, will depart Anfield.

The 54-year-old added that Manchester City keeper Joe Hart could end up on Merseyside when he returns from his loan spell in Torino.

While delivering his information on talkSPORT, Quinn did not drop any additional names of transfer targets, but claimed that well-known players could come through the door.

“What I know is that Sturridge could be on his way, Mignolet could be on his way and in could come Joe Hart.

“The owners are also promising a lot of money to go and buy five to six high-profile players – read into that what you want. I think it’s going to be a very, very positive summer for Liverpool. Klopp knows what he needs.

What do Liverpool need to improve?

It has been a dismal 2017 for the Reds so far, as they have dropped 13 points behind Premier League leaders Chelsea, they face a tough battle to finish in the top four and they are out of both the EFL Cup and FA Cup.

Klopp has spent very little cash since becoming Liverpool manager in October 2015, but he will need to go on a spending spree if he wants to compete with his rivals next season.

Manchester United, Manchester City and Chelsea all have the funds to throw millions in the summer transfer window, and every one of them is expected to strengthen their squads.

Liverpool have slowly clawed themselves back into credible top-four challengers, but in order to maintain that and better on it, they need some top-class players.

The goalkeeper position is an issue as Loris Karius, who was bought last summer to challenge Mignolet, has struggled for form.

Any team that wants to win a league title needs a strong and solid shot-stopper marshalling at the back, and Liverpool do not currently possess one.

The Reds may also want to bring in an accomplished central defender due to the inconsistency of the back line, while a new left-back could be a priority as midfielder James Milner has been filling in.

Roberto Firmino has generally been used as Liverpool’s focal point in attack, but a proven goalscorer could be on the club’s transfer wishlist, particularly if Sturridge heads out the exit door.