BBC pundit: Klopp is deluded if he doesn't improve this Liverpool problem area
By Will Butcher
Garth Crooks is adamant that Liverpool must revamp their goalkeeping and defensive options if they are to provide a proper Premier League title challenge.
The BBC Sport pundit was full of praise for versatile vice captain James Milner who continues to play at left-back, but criticised the rest of the defence and claimed manager Jurgen Klopp is “deluded” if he thinks it does not need reshaping.
Crooks claimed on the BBC Sport website that Liverpool are short at the back as the Reds defence continues to show weakness, with a goalkeeper needed to increase Klopp’s chances of achieving Premier League success.
“Short of Milner, Liverpool are woefully short in certain defensive areas including their goalkeepers,” Crooks said.
“If Reds manager Jurgen Klopp seriously thinks he can win the Premier League title with a defence like that then he’s deluding himself.”
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Manager Klopp has chopped and changed between goalkeepers Loris Karius and Simon Mignolet this season, as both stoppers continue to make mistakes in between the sticks.
Mignolet was arguably at fault for Stoke City’s opener on Boxing Day, as Mark Hughes’ side struck first before the Reds fought back to earn a 4-1 victory.
Liverpool have been reportedly credited with an interest in out-of-favour Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart, who remains on loan with Serie A outfit Torino.
With his City future likely to end soon, a move for the England international could be on the cards as Crooks calls for the Reds to sign a new stopper.