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Steven Gerrard outlines where Liverpool need to strengthen during the transfer window

Former Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard analyses Jurgen Klopp’s squad and pinpoints which positions need new arrivals ahead of next season.

FOOTBALL 17/06/17 18:03
Steven Gerrard

Steven Gerrard believes Liverpool only require two or three additions this summer, if they are to improve on last season's fourth-placed finish.

Jurgen Klopp’s side qualified for the Champions League and Gerrard thinks the squad will need bolstering ahead of a European campaign.

Gerrard, who is part of the youth coaching set-up at the Reds, is confident that with the addition of some marquee signings the team will go from strength to strength.

“I think we’ve got a fantastic manager at the helm, who will hopefully attract a few big names to complete the jigsaw,” said Gerrard.

“I think Liverpool are very, very close and if you look at the statistics of the top six from last season they were the best team in terms of head-to-head.

“So Liverpool know where they need to improve and it’s consistency against the teams in the bottom half of the table – the teams that sit narrow, compact and are difficult to break down.

“Hopefully we can get the two or three big pieces of the jigsaw that are missing and I’m really confident that Liverpool can keep moving forward and there will be success just around the corner.”

The Anfield side led the way for points won against the other teams that finished in the European positions, but still fell short in the title race.

And Gerrard says that is down to an inability to break down teams that do not come onto Liverpool and something they must address if they are to improve.

But equally the 37-year-old thinks this can be seen as a positive because it is clear which positions need boosting to eradicate those problems come August.

Gerrard added: “I think we need someone in the left-back position, James [Milner] has done a fantastic job out there, but it would be nice to have another option out there as well.

“And maybe one more attacking player to give some more firepower and help unlock the defences that are really narrow and compact.

“I don’t think we need major reconstruction, I think it’s just a couple of pieces of the jigsaw left and I’m really happy with where we are at the moment.”

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