Former Liverpool player Didi Hamann has suggested the Reds need to spend at least £200m on new midfielders.
Taking to his column for Sky Sports Germany, the Anfield hero claimed Jurgen Klopp’s side need a rebuild in the middle of the park, with the squad’s current options set to dwindle at the end of the season.
“The Brighton game was a low point, they were runners-up in all aspects over 90 minutes,” Hamann said.
“They cannot compensate for the absences and have four or five players who are probably facing the end of their Liverpool careers.
“Milner is 37, Keita and Oxlade-Chamberlain’s contracts are expiring, and they didn’t show enough in Liverpool. Fabinho hasn’t played well in the last six months, I’m not a great friend of Thiago and Henderson is always a topic as well.
“They would have to get four or five new players in midfield alone and also strengthen their defence. They have to spend at least around £200m for that, but I don’t think they have that money.”
Hamann said Liverpool need five new midfielders
If Milner, Keita and Oxlade-Chamberlain do all leave in the summer, Liverpool will definitely need to sign five players to fill the void.
A direct replacement for each, plus another two starters on top of this, should be the priority at Anfield.
At the moment, Jude Bellingham and Matheus Nunes seem like two midfielders the Reds are very keen to land at the club at the end of the season.
Alongside this, a defensive midfielder will be imperative for Klopp to bring in. Fabinho has been off the pace in recent months, and his athleticism is only going to get worse as he ages.
Jordan Henderson hasn’t been able to demonstrate he is worth his starting spot in the middle of the park, despite his tremendous leadership abilities.
Furthermore, although Thiago Alcantara should be starting for the side next season, at 31-years-old, the club should look for a long-term replacement to take the reins off him further down the line.