By Danny Wright
Steve McManaman believes that Liverpool have to make improvements to two different areas of their squad in the summer.
The Anfield favourite wants to see Jurgen Klopp try to sign a new left-back to replace James Milner, as he doesn’t see the defensive role as his natural position.
McManaman also wants the Reds to prioritise signing two new wingers after Sadio Mane suffered a season-ending injury, exposing the lack of depth in the squad.
Liverpool started with Ben Woodburn, Trent Alexander-Arnold and Divock Origi in attack against Stoke in the Premier League on Saturday, and were losing 1-0 until Philippe Coutinho and Roberton Firmino came on in the second half, both scoring in the eventual 2-1 win.
“James Milner has done a wonderful job but he’s not a left-back, you could go and get a better left-back to play in that position,” said the ex-Liverpool and Real Madrid winger, as quoted by the Liverpool Echo.
“Yes, I think they need a centre-back and there’s talk about the goalkeeper.
“I still think they need one more winger, possibly two, to give them options when it comes to trying to break the lesser teams down when games get condensed.”
Liverpool have notably struggled against teams that are in the bottom half this season, despite them managing to remain unbeaten against all sides in the top six.
McManaman, who spent nine years as a Liverpool player in the 1990s, firmly believes that defeats to teams like Leicester, Hull and Burnley could be sorted out next year by bringing in a couple of new wide men.
The Reds have already been linked with a host of attacking players.
Recently, Spanish football expert Guillem Balague has said the Reds are interested in Real Madrid star James Rodriguez while the Sun is reporting that Nottingham Forest’s Ben Brereton could also be moving to Anfield.
Many people would agree that the main priority for Klopp is to strengthen his defence.
Liverpool are third in the Premier League but have conceded more goals than any other side in the top seven and three more than relegation-threatened Middlesbrough.