Danny Murphy highlights area where Liverpool must buy big this summer
By Matt Bullin
Former Liverpool midfielder Danny Murphy has claimed the Reds must strengthen in the centre of defence this summer.
Liverpool beat West Brom 1-0 on Sunday as Roberto Firmino nodded in the only goal of the game late in the first half.
The win moved them into third – two points above Man City, who beat Southampton 3-0 on Saturday.
Dejan Lovren and Joel Matip started as a pairing in the centre of Liverpool’s defence for only the 14th time in the league this season and injuries have marred both players’ campaigns.
The Reds are unbeaten when the pair start together, having drawn six of the matches and won eight.
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The Times report that Jurgen Klopp is eyeing a summer move for Southampton’s Virgil van Dijk as a possible move to strengthen his defence.
Speaking on BBC 1’s Match of the Day 2 [Sunday, 10.30pm], Murphy expressed the belief that although Matip and Lovren are a decent partnership, the Reds still need investment in the centre of defence.
He said: “It doesn’t half make a difference when [Lovren and Matip] play regularly over a period of weeks.
“But the fact James Milner said they’ve been working on [set pieces] means they know they have this problem and I still expect Liverpool to try and strengthen in that area in the summer.”
Lovren and Matip have both made 23 league appearances in the league this term, meaning both have missed 10 games over the course of the season.
Liverpool fans will hope the pair can start all of Liverpool’s final five league games as they bid for a top-four finish.
In other Liverpool news, Jurgen Klopp has given his verdict on this 24-year-old star’s horror miss in win v West Brom.