Dietmar Hamann has urged Liverpool to reinforce their options in midfield this summer and raised questions over Naby Keita and Thiago.
The race for the top four will now be Jurgen Klopp’s sole focus as the Merseyside club look to retain their place in Europe’s elite competition for next season.
After a difficult season, Liverpool are in sixth place in the Premier League table with seven games left to play, sitting three points off fourth-placed West Ham and two behind Chelsea who are in fifth.
Paris Saint-Germain superstar Kylian Mbappe has long been linked with a move to Anfield but ex-Liverpool midfielder Hamann doesn’t think his former club should be looking to bring in many mega-money signings this summer.
‘I don’t think they need many big name signings,’ Hamann told talkSPORT.
‘Obviously, a lot will depend on whether Salah and Mane stay at the club.
‘I think they missed Jota in the last few weeks, he’s become a very important player for them.’
Hamann previously raised concerns over summer signing Thiago’s suitability to Klopp’s style and feels those question marks remain, while he has also been underwhelmed by Keita’s impact at Anfield since his move from RB Leipzig in 2018.
And given that Georginio Wijnaldum could leave on a free transfer in the summer with his contract due to expire at the end of the season, paired with James Milner’s age, Hamann suggested the Reds need to bring in multiple midfielders in the next transfer window.
‘The centre-backs will be back,’ he added. ‘They certainly need two or three signings, Milner is 35 now, Keita hasn’t really come to the party since he joined Liverpool, and there are still a lot of question marks over Thiago.
‘If Wijnaldum goes, I think they will need at least two players in the centre of midfield.
‘But apart from that, when the injured players come back, I don’t think they will need a huge overhaul.’
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