After Philippe Coutinho chose to swap Liverpool for Barcelona in January, Jürgen Klopp is ready to sign a replacement in the summer transfer window.
Since the Brazilian completed his £140 million move, Liverpool’s front three of Sadio Mané, Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah have taken their combined goals scored tally for the season to 89.
The form of the trio has certainly made up for the lack of spark and creativity that Coutinho was providing from a deeper position earlier this season. Although Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has been sublime, he is not an out and out playmaker in the way the likes of Christian Eriksen and Coutinho are.
“We have to strengthen the squad,” Klopp said. “Finding players that will improve the squad 200 per cent will be difficult but we have do some things to make the squad bigger.
“We want a couple of players, but are only looking for good ones. The players we bring in we will altogether be 100 per cent convinced about. It’s been like this since I’ve been here and will always be like that.”
The Telegraph’s Tom Maston reports that chief on Klopp’s wishlist is a new creative midfielder and if the German’s track record of making astute acquisitions is anything to go by, Liverpool will be signing another exciting midfielder this summer.
Liverpool already have Keita finally joining the club from RB Leipzig at the end of the season but Klopp wants another more out and out playmaker to feature in his midfield for the 2018/19 season.
Not only will Keita join the Reds in just under two months, he has been invited by Klopp to the UEFA Champions League final in Kiev in three week’s time.
Klopp said: “If Naby wants to come to the final, then he is invited! He will have a big effect on the team immediately.
“It has been a difficult year for Naby but he has still made some outstanding performances. He will have a full pre-season here, so hopefully, that will help.”