Liverpool FC told to make these signings in the January transfer window

Emile Heskey discusses the players Liverpool FC could try and sign in the January transfer window

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Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp Photo: New Balance

Emile Heskey believes that Liverpool need to make some defensive acquisitions in the January transfer window.

The Reds’ defensive performances have been firmly in the spotlight in recent weeks following their stuttering start to the new season under Jurgen Klopp.

Liverpool suffered a humiliating 4-1 loss to Tottenham Hotspur at Wembley last weekend as their top four hopes took another blow.

Klopp’s side are now 12 points behind leaders Manchester City after just nine games and they face an uphill task in clawing their way back into the title race.

Liverpool were heavily linked with a bid to sign defender Virgil van Dijk from Southampton over the summer but a move failed to materialise.

And Heskey reckons that it is the Reds’ back four which is in need of strengthening.

Speaking to 888sport, Heskey said: “It goes without saying that defensively they’re not as sound as they could be.

“I don’t know if it’s personnel or if it’s not fully understanding the shape of their defending. When you look at the old Arsenal sides they would devote whole training sessions to their defensive shape.

“Everyone says it is personnel but only time will tell when they get someone else in and if it stays the same.”

Liverpool, who finished fourth last season, will aim to get back to winning ways next weekend when they take on Huddersfield Town at Anfield.

The Terriers head into the game fresh from having secured a shock 2-1 victory over Manchester United last weekend.

Klopp was brought in as Liverpool’s new manager back in October 2015 following the sacking of Brendan Rodgers at Anfield.

Read the full 888sport interview with Emile Heskey, including his thoughts on how Liverpool’s current front three compare to the Suarez era.

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