By Harvey Byrne
Former Liverpool defender Phil Thompson believes Michael Keane, Virgil van Dijk and Joe Hart could be three possible signings for the Reds in the summer.
The Merseyside giants are currently sat in third place in the Premier League table with 12 points separating them from top of the league Chelsea.
They currently have the worst goals against tally in the league’s top seven with 39 goals conceded from their 31 fixtures and there has often been concern about the back line of the team.
Now, Thompson believes Burnley and Southampton centre-backs Van Dijk and Keane would help improve the Liverpool team, while also stating the club could use Mamadou Sakho as a good bargaining tool.
Additionally, he feels that the soon to be available Manchester City goalkeeper Hart could be a good signing, but he wouldn’t be against the club sticking with current number one Simon Mignolet.
“Michael Keane and Virgil van Dijk are the two potential options I’d be looking at but there’s going to be a lot of teams looking for centre-backs, including both Manchester clubs and possibly Arsenal, so you’ve got to make moves early,” told Thompson to the Sky Sports website.
“Mamadou Sakho would be a good bargaining tool to help get those targets in as he’s doing himself no harm while on loan at Crystal Palace.
“It’s up to the manager to decide whether he needs somebody better than Mignolet, who hasn’t done a lot wrong since regaining his spot and has been let down by his defence.
“Obviously Joe Hart is going to be available and I wouldn’t be averse to going in for him, but I wouldn’t be annoyed if we stuck with Mignolet.”
Liverpool spent just over £60million in the previous summer window, which included the additions of centre-backs Joel Matip and Ragnar Klavan alongside goalkeeper Loris Karius and Alex Manninger.
However, Matip is the only one who has cemented himself in the Reds’ first team to date and it is clear that some further reinforcements are necessary.
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