Ligue 1

Klopp must have a transfer strategy re-think required at Liverpool to mount title challenge at last

The Liverpool fans in the Transfer Tavern remain in shock after throwing away a 3 goal half-time lead to draw 3-3 with Sevilla on Tuesday night.

Jurgen Klopp’s side were in cruise control in Seville on Tuesday night after a brace from Roberto Firmino and a stooping header from Sadio Mane had put Liverpool into a 3 nil lead that very few would have predicted prior to kick-off. Liverpool would have qualified from Group E in top-spot if they had managed to hold on to their half-time lead, but instead, they face a nervy affair at Anfield when they face Spartak Moscow in 2 weeks time with qualification far from guaranteed.

Despite the glaring frailties that consistently reveal themselves in Liverpool’s performances, they continue to be linked with further attacking options in the media.

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Earlier this week, TalkSPORT published a report from French media outlet L’Equipe that claimed Liverpool are interested in bringing PSG’s Julian Draxler to the club on loan in January.

The signing of Draxler on loan would represent a shrewd piece of business for the club, especially if they can convince PSG to insert a buy-out clause into his contract.

Draxler’s versatility to play in a variety of roles across the midfield would give Klopp the opportunity to tinker with his line-ups and make Liverpool a difficult club to predict from one week to the next.

At the age of just 24, Draxler still has the best years of his footballing career ahead of him, so Liverpool should be monitoring his situation at PSG and making a bid for his services should he become available in January.

The German World Cup winner would be the final piece in the Liverpool jigsaw in terms of their midfield and attack – providing they can keep hold of Can and Coutinho – however, their defensive problems will continue to persist if they do not acquire the services of 3 defenders and a goalkeeper in the next two transfer windows.

With Draxler in Liverpool’s team, Klopp will have a selection of midfield and forward players at his disposal that are capable of mounting a title challenge, but without the adequate quality in defensive positions, they will struggle to reach the level of consistency that is required to compete for the title.


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