Liverpool must reinvest in their squad this summer and risk running out of steam in the Premier League title race if they don’t, according to Jamie O’Hara.
The Reds’ only signing so far has been center-back Ibrahima Konate, who they landed from RB Leipzig for £ 36million in May – even before the summer transfer window officially opened.
The 2019/20 Premier League champions have been linked with various players this summer, including West Ham winger Jarrod Bowen and Borussia Mönchengladbach midfielder Florian Neuhaus, but have yet to make moves for other new additions.
Despite ultimately, and remarkably, finishing in the top four last season, Klopp’s side have struggled with injuries and their lack of team depth has been exposed, contributing to an eight-game winless streak at Anfield. .
And O’Hara believes a similar thing could happen this season if they don’t strengthen their squad in the remaining weeks of the transfer window.
Liverpool have not twiddled their thumbs. Club chiefs have been busy behind the scenes with a new contract for a number of their key stars.
But the former Tottenham midfielder understands some fans are frustrated with the lack of ongoing transfer deals.
“They didn’t sign anyone,” O’Hara said during the talkSPORT breakfast.
“I know they have returning players, [Virgil] van Dijk is back …
“But they only signed [Ibrahima] Konate, who is just another center-back they needed to help Van Dijk if he suffers from injuries.
“They didn’t sign anyone; they didn’t do it again.
“That’s why Liverpool fans are not happy because they had to reinvest, they have to come back.
“The reason they were successful was when they signed Alisson and Van Dijk and built a team.
“Now I feel like they’re running out of steam a bit and need a few new faces that will spur them on.
“They didn’t do that.”
Some of the deals Liverpool have done over the summer link several of their star names to new contracts.
Goalkeeper Alisson signed a new six-year contract on Wednesday, with local ace Trent Alexander-Arnold and reliable Brazilian Fabinho signing new four and five-year contracts, respectively, earlier in the week as well.
These three players have played a crucial role in Liverpool’s Champions League and Premier League victory over the past few years.
Liverpool have also handed over new contracts to goalkeepers Adrian and Caoimhin Kelleher as well as Harvey Elliott – who shone in the league last season on loan with Blackburn – this summer, as they look to build the future under Klopp.
But doubts remain about the long-term future of star strikers Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane, with reports claiming the club are desperately trying to get the two to sign on the dotted line as well.
Van Dijk and Andy Robertson also top the list for the Reds, with the bosses working hard behind the scenes to secure the future of their main first-team players.
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