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Fan Opinion: Not just the attack – Liverpool need to strengthen these two spots in the summer too

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Liverpool opinion: Reds need to strengthen their full-back positions in the summer and not just the attack

Jurgen Klopp recently claimed that the Reds would not spend huge in the summer window, and was interested in working with the players at hand.

The German has taken a team struggling to find an identity after Brendan Rodgers was sacked, and has transformed the team into Premier League contenders.

Most of Klopp’s signings at Liverpool have worked well, except Loris Karius, who is now struggling at Besiktas.

The Reds have one of the best first XIs in the Premier League, however, they need to strengthen a few positions.

Attack needs more cover

Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino strike fear into most defences but there isn’t a lot of quality cover for the trio.

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Divock Origi and Daniel Sturridge have struggled to have the same impact when starting or coming off the bench. In fact, Origi was linked with a move away in the winter window (h/t Mirror), while Sturridge is out of contract at the end of the season.

The Englishman spent the second half of last season on loan at West Brom and that didn’t work well for him.

The Reds could do with some quality wingers/attackers to take the pressure off our front three, and we have been a little fortunate that none of the three picked up a serious injury this season.

The midfield seems well stocked at the moment, but the full-back positions are also in need of additions in the summer.

Robbo and Trent need competition too

Andy Robertson and Trent Alexander-Arnold are possibly two of the best full-backs in the Premier League.

The pair bomb forward and help out the attack with their fantastic crosses, but the Reds are thin on quality cover for the pair.

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Ki-Jana Hoever

Joe Gomez can slot in as the right-back but his best games have come in the heart of the defence. We tried Jordan Henderson as the right-back in some instances and that experiment didn’t go well.

Alberto Moreno hasn’t really put Robertson in major pressure for a place in the first XI and has been linked with a move in the summer (h/t Metro)

Our utility man, James Milner, can slot in either position, however, his best performances have always come in the midfield.

Liverpool has youngsters such as Ki-Jana Hoever and Rafa Camacho who can play as the full-back, but they need time to develop.

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The Reds need to keep improving to stay above their rivals, and a couple of decent full-backs should not only provide cover to Trent and Robbo but also competition.

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Klopp wants to keep experienced star at Liverpool despite interest from European giants

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Liverpool FC transfer news: Jurgen Klopp does not want to lose Dejan Lovren in the summer

Calciomercato claims that AC Milan will find it difficult to sign Liverpool’s Dejan Lovren.

The Croatian defender recently returned to the Reds for pre-season training, and report claims that the Reds value Lovren at €25million.

The 30-year-old was not a regular starter for us last season due to injuries and the form shown by Joel Matip and Joe Gomez.

Dejan Lovren Mohamed Salah

However, the Croatian is one of the most experienced defenders in the Premier League, and the report adds that Jurgen Klopp admires Lovren’s leadership at the back.

The report claims that this is one reason why Klopp wants to keep Lovren in the team for as long as possible.

Liverpool won’t let Lovren go on the cheap

The report adds that Liverpool are looking to get the complete €25m for Lovren and are not willing to reduce his price.

Milan would have to match the valuation for Liverpool to even consider selling the Croatian (h/t Calciomercato).

The Reds have signed Sepp van den Berg, a young centre-back, in the summer, however, Klopp’s thought process regarding Lovren makes a lot of sense.

The Croatian hasn’t made any noises of wanting to leave and did a decent job in most of his games last season.

Signing a senior defender for the upcoming season would not be easy, and the Croatian has a great relationship with most of the Liverpool players, such as Mohamed Salah.

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Lovren’s experience is certainly great for a young Liverpool team, and it will be interesting to see what our actions are in the summer window.

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“I would say yes”: Klopp opens up on where Liverpool star’s future lies

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Latest Liverpool transfer news: Klopp claims Mignolet’s future is with Reds

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp confirmed that Simon Mignolet would be staying despite the keeper being unsure about his playing time at the club (h/t Daily Mail).

Alisson was signed last summer, and the Brazilian has been excellent with the Reds.

The keeper won the Golden Glove in the Champions League and the Premier League, and won the Copa America this summer.

Simon Mignolet in action

Alisson was also the Man of the Match in our 2-0 win over Tottenham in the Champions League final.

However, Klopp was certain that Mignolet would stay, and praised his professionalism last season (h/t Daily Mail):

“Yes, (it’s) how I’ve heard.

“I’ve had a lot of conversations in the last couple of years, months – not weeks. Before we left (for the summer break) we had talk. I would say yes (he stays).”

Simon Mignolet
Simon Mignolet

Klopp added that the Reds need quality players in all positions, and that was the situation with our goalkeepers:

“At a club like Liverpool you need two number ones in the club and we have that with Ali and Simon.

“It’s a good situation for the club and a situation you should have and that’s why everything is fine from my point of view.”

Mignolet needs more games at Liverpool

The Belgian only played two games for the first-team last season, with those appearances coming in the domestic cups.

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Mignolet needs to play regularly as he is in the prime of his goalkeeping career, and the Reds should offer him the same next season.

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The Reds are in additional competitions this season, and it will be interesting to see how things develop with the Belgian.

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Liverpool turn to veteran keeper to solve current injury crisis

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Liverpool FC transfer news: Reds move for Andy Lonergan to solve keeper issue

The Liverpool Echo reports that the Reds have moved for former Preston North End goalkeeper Andy Lonergan to solve their problems between the sticks.

The report claims that Jurgen Klopp has brought in the 35-year-old keeper who last played for Middlesbrough.

Lonergan is set to travel to the US for our tour of North America, according to the report, as Simon Mignolet is the only fit senior keeper Liverpool have.

Andy Lonergan

Alisson is away on a break after winning the Copa America while the Reds have seen two young keepers pick up injuries.

Caoimhin Kelleher is out with a wrist injury, Vitezslav Jaros injured his ankle ligaments while Kamil Grabara is yet to report for duty after his U21 Euro exploits with Poland.

Mignolet had to play almost the entirety of our pre-season friendly against Bradford with Dan Atherton being given a few minutes last night.

Lonergan not signing a deal with Liverpool

The report adds that the 35-year-old keeper will not sign a contract with Liverpool, and is unlikely to play in the US games.

Simon Mignolet in action

Liverpool play Sevilla, Borussia Dortmund and Sporting Lisbon in this part of the pre-season tour.

Lonergan is a well-travelled keeper, with stints at Rochdale, Leeds United, Bolton Wanderers and Wolves.

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Liverpool have won both of their pre-season games so far, and their first clash of the season is against Norwich on 9th August.

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