Jurgen Klopp told Liverpool need summer signings in these positions

Steve Nicol believes Liverpool need to improve key areas in their defence ahead of the 2017-18 Premier League season

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp Photo: The Sport Review

Steve Nicol has warned Jurgen Klopp that he needs to improve his Liverpool defence ahead of next season.

The Reds have only signed two players in the summer transfer window so far and both additions have strengthened their attacking department.

Liverpool broke their club transfer record to sign Egypt international Mohamed Salah in a £36.7m deal from Serie A giants AS Roma earlier this month.

The Reds managed to recruit England Under-20 international Dominic Solanke in a free transfer from Premier League champions Chelsea.

The Merseyside outfit were heavily linked with a move to sign Southampton centre-half Virgil van Dijk earlier this summer before publicly pulling out of the deal.

Klopp was forced to use versatile midfielder James Milner in a left-back role last term given Alberto Moreno’s erratic performances.

And speaking to ESPN FC about Klopp’s transfer activity so far, former Liverpool full-back Nicol admitted he was concerned about the lack of defensive recruitments.

“They need to start making a move. James Milner ran his heart out but he’s not a left-back,” Nicol said.

“Dejan Lovren isn’t good enough. Joel Matip can’t stay fit. Nathaniel Clyne is reliable and solid. Simon Mignolet finished the season well but he could be inconsistent again.”

Liverpool finished in fourth place in the Premier League last season to secure a return to the Champions League.

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