5) No Plan B
After Manchester City’s deadly attack, Liverpool unarguably possess the most lethal front three going forward, therefore, it is perhaps being too cynical when criticising Liverpool’s lack of Plan B. However, in reality, the Reds might not have dropped the crucial points against Swansea, West Brom and more recently, Manchester United, if the club had a solid backup plan. When teams decide to sit deep and absorb the pressure from the Reds, the Reds falter due to a lack of physical presence. One can only wonder what would have happened at Old Trafford, had Liverpool brought on an old school forward like Dzeko or Giroud in the box. As such, the likes of Salah and Firmino had to resort to come deep to get the ball due to their inability to keep hold of the ball in the box.
4) Lack of defensive midfielder
Under Klopp, Liverpool have indulged themselves in an all attack philosophy. While the attack has produced some miraculous performances the same cannot be said for the defenders. Yes, the Reds do lack a proper defensive organisation and are too prone to mistakes, the team could do well with a real defensive midfielder. Emre Can and Jordan Henderson have been tried out in the position but both are by trade box to box midfielders which mean that the club are left far too open at the back when they go forward. Klopp will surely be keen on fixing this problem in the summer. A presence of someone like Wanyama would certainly bring more balance to the side.
3) Coutinho’s replacement
It is difficult to assert that the Reds have missed their talisman Coutinho, since the Brazilian left for Barcelona in a mouth-watering deal in January, after all, the club went on a winning run which was ended last week by Mourinho’s United. They have been free-scoring and have continuously looked dangerous. However, the club clearly need a replacement for the Brazilian. Coutinho’s ability to create chances and score from distance is something none of the current crop of players possesses. Lallana and Chamberlain both have been given chances but have failed to produce on a consistent level like Coutinho did at Anfield. Therefore, Klopp must surely look at replacing Coutinho in the summer.
2) A new defender
Having carved out 75 million for Van Djik, it seems absurd to suggest that the club need a new defender. However, for all his qualities, Van Djik cannot ensure that his partner does not make an error at the back. Such has been the story for Lovren this season. The defender has been outplayed in so many games this season that even his presence in the starting XI makes you wonder what has a player got to do to be dropped. One thing though certainly has become clear is that a strong defender alongside Van Djik would go a long way towards strengthening Liverpool next season.
1) New captain
While it is no easy task replacing Steven Gerrard as the club captain, Jordan Henderson has certainly done well to lead the side. On his day, Henderson is one of the best midfielders with his energy and tenacity; however, injuries have gotten the best of him in recent years. Ever since taking over the armband from Gerrard a few seasons ago, Henderson has failed to make 25 league appearances in a season, which further shows how he has had his injury struggles. A club like Liverpool just cannot afford to have their captain on the sidelines. Van Djik and James Milner seem the ideal option if Henderson is indeed stripped off his captaincy in the summer.