To expect the unexpected from Liverpool is usually the mantra tied to the Merseyside club, with the start of the new Premier League season proving to be no different. A four-goal-blitz saw the Reds dismantle Arsenal 4-3 at the Emirates Stadium in week one, but all good work was soon reversed after Burnley stunned Jürgen Klopp’s men with a 2-0 victory at Turf Moor last Saturday.
Klopp insists he won’t react to the results with panic-buys in the final days of the transfer window, stating he’d be “a real idiot” to go out shopping in such manner in response to the defeat versus the Clarets. Liverpool fans will be right to point towards more than just one bad performance, however. Here are three deals that the Reds should look to conclude in coming days.
1 – A new left back
The need for a new left back at Anfield couldn’t be clearer – even Klopp mentioned it during his latest flash interview. Alberto Moreno promised plenty when he joined from La Liga club Sevilla for £15.3 million, as Liverpool fought off the likes of Real Madrid to land his signature in 2014. The Spaniard has been effective, for the most part, going forward in a Liverpool shirt, but it’s his core function as a defender – to defend – that he’s struggled to cope with.
Far too often, the Spaniard has been culpable for Liverpool’s defence being stretched on the break, as Mamadou Sakho looks to cover the gaps left by the full back. The communication between the two Reds defenders has also proved to be an issue on occasions, standing as the most visible bane to Klopp’s backline from open play. On top of Moreno’s positional sense, the thought that goes into his defensive efforts have also looked questionable, with the penalties given away most recently to Arsenal, as well as last season versus Norwich City at Carrow Road, exemplifying his mind-boggling recklessness.
A club like Liverpool, that places great impetus on attacking play under Klopp, needs greater defensive assurances, with left back being the most logical place to start. The Reds have been linked to PSV Eindhoven’s attacking full back, Jetro Willems, in the past, whereas Achraf Lazaar from Palermo, one of the few standout performers for the Italian side that narrowly escaped relegation, would all potentially be sound additions.