Jurgen Klopp given solution to Liverpool woes as Reds boss urged to make ‘perfect’ signing

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    Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp will need to delve into his pockets to add to his squad when the transfer market reopens in order to avoid dropping too many points when key players are sidelined with injuries, according to former Reds defender Glen Johnson. The Merseyside giants have endured a sub-par start to the new Premier League campaign and already sit nine points adrift of table-toppers Arsenal after winning just two of their first six matches

    Injuries to the likes of Thiago Alcantara, Curtis Jones and Naby Keita have left Liverpool short of first-choice options in midfield as of late, with their absences having been reflected in the club’s lacklustre on-pitch performances. Johnson believes that Klopp would reap the rewards of a productive January window in order to bolster his squad and steer clear of another injury crisis, although he is not expecting the Reds to keep struggling for too much longer.

    “I think it’s more of the fact that they set the bar so high that it’s impossible to maintain,” Johnson exclusively told Express Sport when quizzed on the current situation at Liverpool.

    “And with other clubs improving around you, it can quickly look like you’re having a very slow season. I just think a lot of clubs have improved. Liverpool’s squad is quite light, so when they do get two or three injuries they really do struggle with it.

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    “I think they need to get a few more bodies in, but you don’t get a bad manager or a bad team overnight. I don’t think they’re going to have problems going forward.”

    Liverpool have long been linked with a potential move for Borussia Dortmund midfielder Jude Bellingham, who has firmly established himself as one of Europe’s finest young playmakers over the last few years. Johnson went on to add that he feels Bellingham would be the perfect signing to shore up Liverpool’s midfield ranks but warned that it will be extremely difficult for the Reds to push a deal over the line.

    “He’s been the man everyone’s been talking about, but as Liverpool will know, every club will want him,” added Johnson.

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    “Where he ends up we don’t know, but he’s certainly got to be high on the priority list. He could settle into that midfield perfectly. He would be their No 1 target but it will be tough to get it done.”

    Johnson was speaking to Express Sport while attending an event at Anfield, co-hosted by Liverpool and SC Johnson, with the aim of helping local children to improve their recycling and sustainability knowledge.

    “We’ve got 200 kids over who we’re teaching about renewable energy and recycling and learning certain ways to save the planet going forward,” he explained. “There’s certain activities they’ve been doing with us today where they can take things home and educate their parents and try and help everybody to have a better future.”

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