Glen Johnson believes it is imperative that Liverpool strengthen Jurgen Klopp’s squad in January and says his former club should have two Arsenal targets in their sights.
Liverpool have had an unusually stunning start to the season, winning just two of their six Premier League games and suffering a 4-1 defeat by Napoli in their Champions League opener.
While Liverpool signed Darwin Nunez, Arthur Melo, Fabio Carvalho and Calvin Ramsey over the summer, they have been far less productive than some of their domestic rivals, with both Chelsea and Manchester United spending more than £200m on new recruits.
Johnson believes Liverpool’s midfield remains a concern and says the Reds should express interest in signing Youri Tielemans and Douglas Luiz in the next transfer window.
Arsenal have been closely linked with Leicester City midfielder Tielemans over the summer, while several offers for Aston Villa star Luiz were rejected on transfer deadline day.
Asked if Tielemans could emerge as a target for Liverpool when his Leicester contract expires, Johnson told Bettingodds.com: “I would definitely try to sign him.
“If it’s safer to secure it now and pay a small fee, then I would do that. I wouldn’t take the risk of allowing someone else to have it for free. I think he’s the kind of player that could fit into any team with relative ease.
On Luiz, the former England defender added: “He’s another good player. Liverpool probably need two or three players in midfield and if you can recruit these types of players who have Premier League experience relatively cheaply, or even better for free, it’s a no-brainer.
“We know their squad is quite small and they are quite handicapped in the starting XI when they have a couple of injuries. I definitely think they need some more bodies in there.’
Liverpool have been pushing Manchester City for the title in recent years – even lifting the trophy themselves in 2020 – but Johnson is not optimistic about his title chances this season.
“I will be very surprised if someone can challenge Man City,” he added. “To put it that way, I think whoever finishes ahead of Manchester City this season wins the league.
“Tottenham are a lot better than last season but I don’t think they have the squad to take on Manchester City but stranger things have happened.
“I just think Manchester City has the ability to win games when they play six out of ten and not many other teams can do that.”
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