By Richard Parks
Craig Bellamy has claimed on Sky Sports that he expects a new goalkeeper to follow Naby Keita to Liverpool this summer as they put the finishing touches to a title-winning squad.
The former Anfield forward is convinced that Jurgen Klopp is assembling a team capable of going toe-to-toe with Manchester City in next season’s title race.
Bellamy has been impressed by Klopp’s overhaul of the team and is confident they will be even stronger in 2018-19, regardless of whether they win the Champions League.
“I believe Liverpool are one or two players away from mounting a charge on this incredible Manchester City team,” he told The Debate programme on Sky Sports, as quoted by the broadcaster’s website.
“The scary thing about it is City will get better too. This season has been that incredible but are they going to reach the same points tally they got this year?
“It’ll be difficult to do that next year – all the teams are going to strengthen, the finances allow them to.
“Liverpool aren’t going to be selling anyone, they’ve got Keita coming in, maybe a new goalkeeper, and with a couple of players they’re a team who could win a Championship.
“If Guardiola throws anything tactically [at Klopp], this guy can deal with it.”
Liverpool are third in the Premier League and have one foot in the Champions League final after beating Roma 5-2 in the first leg of their double-header at Anfield on Tuesday night.
Football Insider verdict:
Liverpool already look strong and capable of blowing the very best teams away, but they will go to the next level if they follow up the capture of Keita – who is due to arrive from RB Leipzig on 1 July – with the signing of a top-notch goalkeeper. Loris Karius has improved considerably in the second half of the season but the jury is still out on whether he is the solution to Liverpool’s long-standing search for a commanding and consistent No1. Man City have that in Ederson, and there is the sense that the Merseysiders will need an equally adept keeper to knock the champions off their perch next season.