Phil Thompson believes Liverpool FC still need to sign an aggressive centre-half and a goalkeeper to resolve their defensive problems.
The Reds splurged a club-record £75m fee on Southampton skipper Virgil van Dijk ahead of the January transfer window to improve Jurgen Klopp’s back four.
Van Dijk is the most expensive defender in the world following the Netherlands international’s long-awaited switch to the 18-time English champions.
Liverpool FC have conceded 25 times in 22 games in the Premier League this season to raise questions about the Reds defence.
Simon Mignolet has continued to make mistakes in goal for the Reds, while Van Dijk’s potential centre-half partners are Dejan Lovren, Ragnar Klavan and Joel Matip.
Former Liverpool FC captain Thompson believes the Merseyside outfit still need to sign a vocal centre-half as well as a new shot stopper to replace Mignolet.
“So I still think in the January or the summer another centre-back, a real aggressor, is required,” Thompson told Sky Sports.
“I don’t think we should put too much pressure on Van Dijk to resolve it and the goalkeeping situation still needs to be looked at.”
Liverpool FC are in fourth place in the Premier League table and three points adrift of second-placed Manchester United.
The Reds have beaten Burnley, Leicester City and Swansea City in their last three Premier League games to hoist themselves into the top four.
Klopp led Liverpool FC to a fourth-place finish last term in his first full season in charge at Anfield.
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