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    Friday, 9 July 2021

    'Two or three more signings next' after sealing £36m deal

    Liverpool have been told to aid their title bid next  season with 'two or three' more transfers after £36m Ibrahima Konate deal


    The Reds need to make ‘two or three’ more signings this summer to compete for a major silverware next season, 
    according to former Liverpool league and Fa Cup winner Ray Houghton.

    Liverpool already splashed out £36million on Ibrahima Konate and the defender is the only player to have arrived at Anfield so far this summer, and Houghton thinks further business is required in order to challenge big next season.

    He told the Express: "I'm sure Jurgen will have two or three players but it’s just whether the funding is there. I don’t know what the money situation is like at Liverpool, it’s something I don’t get involved in.

    "What I do know is that if you want to be competitive, you have got to be adding to your squad. You need at least two or three fresh faces each year, even if it’s just for different voices in the changing room or to give you a different dimension when you play."

    Gini Wijnaldum left Liverpool on a free transfer earlier this summer, joining Paris Saint-Germain despite playing a key role under Jurgen Klopp after joining in 2016.

    Signing a midfielder to replace the Dutchman is not thought to be a matter of urgent concern for Liverpool but Houghton says his former club need to reinforce the position.

    "It all depends on how much money Jurgen has to spend and who the targets are within their price range” he added. "I’m sure he’s looking at centre-backs and a centre-midfielder.

    "Gini Wijnaldum has gone, which is a big loss for Liverpool because he was so consistent, so that will be an area that they will be looking at.

    "These are the things that Jurgen will factor in with what he needs to do. What you need in that midfield area is players who you can rely on.

    "That's what Wijnaldum was, he was always there and wouldn't have missed a day’s training, I would imagine. But those players are very few and far between.

    "I think there is enough quality in attack so I don't think that’s an area where they will be looking to strengthen much, unless you have an Mbappe become available and you have the funding to buy him."

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