Charlie Austin wants Liverpool to sign two more midfielders in this summer’s transfer market.
Speaking on TalkSPORT, the former Premier League striker claimed that The Reds could still be looking a little light to chase down Manchester City. According to Austin, the burden on Darwin Nunez to replace Sadio Mane is currently too heavy.
“It’s a big ask to replace him (Mane),” said Austin. “Nunez has come into replace him and he’s got to hit the ground running straight away. Liverpool can’t afford to drop points or start slowly compared to Man City. They’ve just signed Haaland who’s arguably the best centre-forward in the world at the moment, so it’s going to be interesting.”
In order to combat a potentially slow start from their new £64m front man, Austin would like to see Liverpool strengthen in the middle of the pitch, too.
“I’d like them to sign two midfielders as well, strengthen there also,” said the QPR striker.
The Liverpool midfield debate rages on
A lot of Liverpool supporters will be nodding in agreement with Austin. Whether or not The Reds need to improve their midfield options is certainly a hot topic at the moment. There are one or two players on supporters’ wish lists.
It seems that the powers that be at Anfield are also in agreement that the position does indeed need an upgrade. However, perhaps unlike many supporters, they’re happy to wait another year until they pull the trigger on any targets.
This is a strategy that has served Liverpool well over the years. Instead of going for a potential ‘stop-gap’ signing, FSG prefer to wait for the ‘right player.’
In the short-term, it remains to be seen whether this will cost Liverpool in the season ahead.
Jurgen Klopp so far hasn’t lost any of his cohort from last season. Between the seven or eight options he has available in the middle of the park, they managed to keep Liverpool ticking along on their quadruple quest right to the very end of last campaign.
For that reason, they deserve the benefit of the doubt.
It could of course be that Liverpool are merely employing a strategy in the market with their pretty public declaration that business is finished.
Maybe a new face will still stroll into the AXA Training Centre to supplement Thiago, Fabinho and Jordan Henderson. One thing’s near enough certain though, Austin surely won’t be getting his wish of two new faces.