Jamie Carragher fears Liverpool will come up short again in the race for the Premier League title if they fail to strengthen in the summer transfer window.
The Reds secured fourth place on the final day of the season to claim a Champions League qualification spot, but finished 17 points behind champions Chelsea.
Jurgen Klopp’s side saw their title challenge falter after picking up a single victory from their first six games of 2017 – allowing the Blues to create an advantage that rarely looked in danger.
And Carragher hopes Klopp’s trust in his current squad won’t come back to haunt him at the same period of next season.
“I’ve mentioned a goalkeeper, but the manager isn’t going to get one – he’s happy with the two he has at the moment – [Simon] Mignolet has had his best season for Liverpool over a four-year period,” Carragher told Drivetime.
“I think a left-back as well, not necessarily to replace James Milner, but certainly serious competition, because [Alberto] Moreno was no competition there.
“I think it’s a position [left-back] he’s looking at, but he’s looking at more of a young player to come in to support Milner, rather than provide that competition.
“I just hope from a Liverpool point of view, you don’t get to Christmas and think: I wish we signed a goalkeeper; I wished we signed a left-back, to play.”
Fulham’s Ryan Sessegnon had been strongly linked with a move to Anfield, but the Reds have reportedly fallen behind Tottenham in the race to sign the 17-year-old.
Having played without a recognised striker for large parts of the season, attacking additions as well as defensive reinforcements, are likely to be top of Klopp’s list of priority transfers.
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And with moves for Balde Keita and Mohamed Salah stalling in recent days, Carragher feels Klopp must improve on the options he has at his disposal.
“[They need to sign] a genuine out-and-out striker, I just don’t feel Daniel Sturridge will play enough games, he’s got the ability,” Carragher said.
“Firmino plays there, I see him as more of a second striker. Klopp is a huge fan of his – as I am.
“It’s obvious defensively as well. Who knows if Van Dijk is dead in the water or if it will be resurrected?”