Neville tells Klopp how many players Liverpool FC need to win the title

Phil Neville believes Liverpool FC are two defenders short from challenging for the Premier League title

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp Photo: New Balance

Phil Neville has claimed that Liverpool are two defenders away from being a title-winning team.

The Merseyside outfit are still waiting to win the Premier League title for the first time after Graeme Souness, Roy Evans, Gerard Houllier, Rafael Benitez, Kenny Dalglish and Rodgers all failed to secure the holy grail for Liverpool.

Liverpool appointed former Borussia Dortmund boss Jurgen Klopp as Rodgers’ successor in October 2015 but the Reds don’t appear any closer to winning the title since the German took over the club.

Klopp’s men finished in fourth place in their first full season under the charismatic manager to underline their progress but Liverpool have made a sluggish start to the current campaign.

Liverpool are in seventh place in the table and nine points behind current leaders Manchester City after eight games following last weekend’s stalemate with Manchester United.

Klopp failed to sign central defender in the summer transfer window despite bing linked with a move to bring in Netherlands international Virgil van Dijk from Southampton.

Former Manchester United defender Neville questioned why Klopp didn’t see Philippe Coutinho to Barcelona and invest the funds raised in two new centre-halves.

“It [the problem] is the recruitment in defence,” Neville told Sky Sports.

“Defensively and the goalkeeper, he hasn’t addressed the situation. He missed a massive thing not selling Coutinho.

“It was a vital time. They haven’t got a vast amount of money. They can’t compete with Chelsea, Man City and Man United.

“They could have invested in Van Dijk or two defenders. Put two defenders in that team and you’re talking about a title-winning team.”

Liverpool have never won the Premier League title but finished in second place in 2002, 2009 and 2014.

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