Jurgen Klopp told Liverpool need to strengthen key position

Danny Higginbotham says keeping Philippe Coutinho should be Liverpool's priority this summer, although the ex-defender says the Reds need a defensive midfielder

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp Photo: The Sport Review

Liverpool need to sign a defensive midfielder but Jurgen Klopp’s priority has to be keeping Philippe Coutinho, according to Danny Higginbotham.

The Reds have signed three players in the summer transfer window so far but have failed to land top targets RB Leipzig midfielder Naby Keita and Southampton defender Virgil van Dijk.

Liverpool have managed to add AS Roma winger Mohamed Salah, Chelsea teenager Dominic Solanke and Hull City defender Andy Robertson ahead of the start of the 2017-18 season.

The Merseyside outfit could attract some big-name players having booked their place in the Champions League group stage thanks to a 6-3 aggregate win against Bundesliga outfit Hoffenheim.

Liverpool have been fending off interest from La Liga giants Barcelona in their prized asset Philippe Coutinho amid talk of a £136m offer for the Brazil international.

Former Manchester United defender Higginbotham believes Liverpool should prioritise keeping Coutinho but would be wise to strengthen their spine with a new defensive midfielder.

“The defensive midfielder side of things, that’s an important position that needs strengthening,” Higginbotham told Sky Sports News on Friday morning.

“You could possibly say [Liverpool need to strengthen] the spine of their team.

“The best bit of business they could do is keep Philippe Coutinho. That would send a message out to other clubs that they don’t want to be seen as a club that is just bringing in money.”

Liverpool booked their place in the Champions League group-stage draw thanks to Emre Can’s two goals and efforts from Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah secured a 4-2 win against Hoffenheim at Anfield.

The Merseyside outfit will take on Spanish side Sevilla, Russian outfit Spartak Moscow and Slovenia’s Maribor.

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