Paul Merson makes blunt claim about Liverpool FC after deadline day

Paul Merson claims that Liverpool FC did not do enough in the summer transfer window

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Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp Photo: New Balance

Paul Merson has claimed that Liverpool did not do “enough” in the summer transfer window to get ready for Jurgen Klopp’s second full season in charge at Anfield.

The Reds were heavily linked with a number of signings throughout the summer transfer window but ended up bringing in just four new players.

Liverpool signed Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Mohamed Salah, Dominic Solanke and Andy Robertson. The Reds also tied up a deal to bring midfielder Naby Keita to Anfield next summer.

However, Liverpool failed to land Virgil van Dijk from Southampton, who was heavily linked with the Reds all summer.

And the Merseyside clubs also agreed to sell Mamadou Sakho to Crystal Palace on a permanent transfer for a fee of around £26m.

Merson feels that Liverpool did conduct some good business but reckons that the Reds also could have done better in the summer transfer window.

Speaking to Sky Sports, Merson said: “I just don’t think Liverpool have done enough.

“Yes, they got Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, but where will he play? He wants to be a central midfielder but that’s where Emre Can and the captain, Jordan Henderson, play.

“Mohamed Salah is a really good signing and Dominic Solanke can be whatever he wants to be, but what they needed was a centre-half.

“If they’d signed Virgil van Dijk I’d be giving them A+++, but they didn’t get him and they were happy to let Mamadou Sakho leave, which is Jurgen Klopp chopping his nose off to spite his face.

“For all they’ve got, they haven’t done enough.”

Liverpool are currently second in the Premier League table after having won two of their opening three games.

The Reds, who finished fourth in the Premier League last term, return to top-flight action after the international break when they take on Manchester City at The Etihad on Saturday 9 September.

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