The club-icon turned Sky Sports pundit has urged Liverpool to improve their attacking reinforcements following a disappointing 1-0 defeat to Atletico Madrid in the first leg of their Champions League last-16 knockout match.
Jurgen Klopp’s European champions are yet to make a blockbuster addition since the club captured the signature of Alisson Becker for a then world-record fee of £66.8m [BBC Sport].
The German manager has resisted the urge to spend big again and instead has chosen to stick to the key principles that have promptly put Liverpool back on their perch.
Carragher, however, believes there will be significant movement over the coming months from Liverpool’s irreplaceable sporting director Michael Edwards, with support options needed alongside the likes of deadly attacking triumvirate Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah.
Liverpool’s Champions League final hero Divock Origi was awarded a new contract following his unforgettable 2018/19 campaign that culminated in the winning goal to secure the club their sixth European Cup triumph.
Despite scoring some of the most important goals in the club’s 127-year history, Origi still remains an enigma regarding his ability to consistently effect matches when Liverpool need some attacking impetus from the bench.
That is expected to lead Klopp back into the market, with Carragher suggesting that Liverpool could be meticulously drawing up plots to land prolific frontman at RB Leipzig Werner and England international winger Sancho at the home of the Premier League champions-elect.
Carragher legend told Viasport after witnessing Liverpool’s 1-0 defeat to a managerial masterclass from Diego Simeone in the last 16 of the Champions League: “Things can change very quickly.
“If you look at Tuesday night, the big problem for Liverpool is when one of those front three are not playing.
“Sadio Mane had to come off and the player they bring on in is Divock Origi, who is a Liverpool legend because of what happened last year at the Wanda Metropolitano, but it’s not quite good enough for the best team in the world to be bringing that quality on.
“Liverpool do need a top attacking player to come in the summer. Sancho or Werner? I’ll take both.”
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While it is ambitious to want both players at Merseyside this summer, the likelihood is that Liverpool would be breaking the bank to land just one of the continent’s current world-beaters.
Sancho has clocked up 31 matches in all competitions this season and has a hugely desirable 16 goals and 17 assists to his personal CV. Meanwhile, Werner has an impressive 26 goals in 32 appearances for Leipzig this season
Werner would be an excellent addition for two reasons. Not only does he fit the mould of a typical Klopp player but he is also the elite bracket of player who is currently not touted at an outrageous price that go against Liverpool’s key principles.
Meanwhile, Sancho is undoubtedly one of the best young talents in Europe, but reports from The Daily Mail have valued the teenager at £100m which completely goes against the club’s policy of breaking the bank for blockbuster attacking signings.
Liverpool’s attempts to rebuild and restore the club back to its perch since Klopp was appointed in 2015 has been unquantifiable. The Reds are now very much world football’s most elite club following their unrivalled dominance over the past 18 months.
FSG and sporting director Michael Edward’s transfer policies have been the key in Liverpool climbing back to the top. Attracting elite players took time and in order to develop the blueprints for success, the club had to meticulously develop a scouting system that would instead identify the next crop of world-class players.