By Dominic Toner
Craig Bellamy believes that Liverpool could challenge for the Premier League title if they purchase a defensive midfielder and another centre-back in the transfer window.
The Merseyside club are currently second in the league and are regarded as serious title contenders this season, but are currently six points behind leaders Chelsea.
Jurgen Klopp has his side playing an attacking style of football and they are the league’s top scorers with 40 goals in just 16 games.
However, Liverpool have been criticised for their defensive frailties this season and Klopp decided to axe his number one goalkeeper Loris Karius against Middlesbrough, with understudy Simon Mignolet proving a point as he kept a clean sheet in the 3-0 victory.
Mignolet is likely to retain his place on Monday as Liverpool travel to their bitter rivals Everton for a Premier League clash.
Ex-Reds striker Bellamy believes that his former side are just short of competing for the title and a new goalkeeper is not an area they need to strengthen.
“Every time they go forward, they have you on the edge of your seat,” Bellamy said, as quoted by talkSPORT. “Defensively, they’re conceding too many goals, but I just feel they’re one or two players short.
“There’s not much wrong with what they’re doing. If you get an outstanding defensive midfielder, maybe another centre-back, the keeper has had a little bit of stick, but I’m not too keen on writing him off – he’s still young.”
Liverpool currently have four centre-backs vying for two positions with Dejan Lovren, Joel Matip, Ragnar Klavan and Lucas in contention.
Klopp has preferred the combination of Lovren and Matip this season in the league, but the pair have been unable to stop the defence leaking goals.
The German manager also used a three-man midfield and has settled on Adam Lallana, Emre Can and Jordan Henderson as his best combination.
Can, 22, is regarded as the most defensively-minded in the trio and captain Henderson has also shown rapid improvements in his game.
Bellamy feels that the Reds could still do with an outstanding defensive midfielder, with Frenchman N’Golo Kante proving his importance at Chelsea this season.
In other Liverpool news, the club’s rookie attacker has been called up the senior squad.