Phil Thompson identifies where Liverpool FC need signings this summer

Liverpool FC legend Phil Thompson wants the Reds to sign two players in the summer transfer window

Jurgen Klopp
Jurgen Klopp (Photo: New Balance)

Phil Thompson says Liverpool FC need to sign a creative midfielder and a striker in the summer transfer window.

The Reds finished in second place in the Premier League table, just a point adrift of champions Manchester City after a brilliant season for Jurgen Klopp’s side.

Liverpool FC only lost one Premier League game following a 2-1 defeat by Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium back in January.

The Merseyside played out a series of frustrating stalemates with West Ham, Leicester, Manchester United and Everton where a playmaker was required to unlock stubborn opposition defences.

The Reds have been reliant on their front three of Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino to be their chief source of goals in the Premier League this season.

Klopp was without Firmino for the final weeks of the Premier League season after the Brazilian succumbed to an injury problem to force Liverpool FC to rely on Divock Origi.

Former Liverpool FC captain Thomspon admitted that he would like to see the Reds sign a playmaker and a striker in the summer to add more depth to Klopp’s squad.

“No matter who you are, you have to strengthen while you are on top,” Thompson told Sky Sports.

“Don’t wait until things go wrong. It was always the way of doing things in our heyday. No matter what we won, we always brought in two players to strengthen and give more options on the field and regenerate the dressing room.

“If Liverpool can, I would look at a creative midfield player and another striker. Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino are the three, but it’s a case of getting someone in who will be sitting on the bench for most of the season.

“It’s like in midfield, we have a lot of players who are quite similar. We need someone with a creative spark and to give us more goals from that department. It is hard to find a decent striker who will sit on the bench and that is the problem Klopp will have. The squad is relatively young which is good and have at least another five years together so we look as though we are in a good position.”

Liverpool FC will take on Tottenham Hotspur in the Champions League final next month.

The Reds have reached successive Champions League finals following a 3-1 loss to Real Madrid last year.

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