Liverpool: How Jurgen Klopp's Team Could Line Up According to Latest Transfer Rumors

Can Jurgen Klopp do what every Liverpool manager since the advent of the Premier League has failed to do and win the thing?

That's the lofty aim for Klopp this season after he guided Liverpool back into the Champions League in 2016-17.

To achieve that, Klopp needs to address several areas of weakness in his squad, particularly in defense. Here's how Liverpool could line up next season if he manages to fill those holes.

Goalkeeper

There was a time not so very long ago when Liverpool might have been looking for a new goalkeeper this summer.

Both Simon Mignolet and Loris Karius struggled at times last season. But Mignolet's form picked up at the end of the campaign and now any reports linking Liverpool with a new keeper have gone very quiet indeed.

There remains the possibility that Mignolet could regress again but if that happens, Liverpool now has the impressive Danny Ward back from Huddersfield Town, where he enjoyed a successful loan spell last season.

Back Four

Can a deal for Virgil Van Dijk be resurrected? Liverpool suffered embarrassment in June when Southampton complained to the Premier League alleging an illegal approach for its captain and star defender.

But the Liverpool Echo claims a deal is still possible, even if relations between Liverpool and Southampton are now frosty.

Klopp really needs to find a way of keeping out goals—Liverpool leaked too many last season. But he also needs a central defender who fits into Liverpool's slick, high-energy style. Van Dijk would be perfect, which is why Liverpool went so hard at him. But is it now too late?

Even more important than a center back is a solution to Liverpool's left back problem. James Milner filled in impressively last season but the team is clearly better balanced with a natural left-footer. That's not Alberto Moreno, who Jurgen Klopp doesn't seem to trust for any length of time in the first team. Fulham teenager Ryan Sessegnon isn't coming to Anfield so the search continues.

Midfield

Liverpool is well-stocked here but Klopp's system could really use a more dynamic player than Emre Can in the center of the pitch. Naby Keita, the RB Leipzig box-to-box midfielder, would be perfect but the Bundesliga club wants £70 million for him.

Attack

Can Klopp go into next season with Roberto Firmino as his first-choice striker? Clearly, Liverpool's fluid system means a traditional forward like Daniel Sturridge will find his opportunities limited but it is debatable whether Brazilian Firmino is clinical enough to lead the line. Mohamed Salah adds pace and goals but a prolific striker could take Liverpool to the next level.

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