John Barnes explains why Liverpool don’t need to improve key position

The Liverpool legend doesn't believe Jurgen Klopp needs to sign a number nine in the summer

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Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp Photo: The Sport Review

John Barnes insists Liverpool don’t need to sign a number nine in the summer transfer window.

The Reds finished in fourth place in the Premier League table in the 2016-17 season to underline their continued progress under Jurgen Klopp.

Liverpool secured their return to the Champions League after finishing a point above Arsenal in the Premier League table.

Klopp has already been linked with a host of players in the summer transfer window as Liverpool look to bolster their squad ahead of a return to the Champions League.

Daniel Sturridge is facing an uncertain future at Anfield after Klopp referred to use forward Roberto Firmino up front throughout most of the 2016-17 season.

Speaking to Ladbrokes about what signings Liverpool need to make in the summer transfer window, former Reds captain Barnes said:

“It’s not a coincidence obviously, but Liverpool’s front-line reminds me of Borussia Dortmund and how they play.

“Klopp doesn’t use a number nine, so we don’t really score goals with crosses into the box – unless Gini Wijnaldum is coming in! – but Liverpool don’t score that way today.

“Sadio Mane’s not a nine, Philippe Coutinho’s not a nine, Roberto Firmino and Adam Lallana aren’t nines.

“So in open-play, when opponents come to play an open game, then Liverpool are probably the best counter-attacking side, and that’s why they excelled against the top teams.”

Liverpool have already agreed a deal to sign England Under-21 international Dominic Solanke from Premier League champions Chelsea.

The Reds finished in eighth place in their first season under Klopp.

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