LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Sunday, October 25, 2015: Liverpool formal player Dietmar Hamann in the director's box before the Premier League match against Southampton at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Former Red on where Liverpool should strengthen this summer

Ex-Liverpool midfielder Dietmar Hamann has highlighted where the Reds need to strengthen this summer in order to remain in the fight in 2017/18.

Hamann was speaking during the Star Sixes tournament in London, discussing Jurgen Klopp‘s requirements ahead of the new campaign.

The German hailed the arrival of Mohamed Salah, but conceded that he would have preferred his compatriot focus on other areas of his squad before strengthening his attack.

“I think there are other positions I would have addressed earlier,” he explained.

“[Attack] is the most impressive part, the strongest part for Liverpool: the forward line with Firmino, Coutinho, Lallana, Sturridge when he’s fit [and] Mane. There are plenty of options there.

“It’s clear a left-back is needed, I’d like to see a holding midfielder at the club and maybe a centre-back.”

The 43-year-old praised last summer’s defensive signing Joel Matip, saying “we saw he’s a capable player,” but highlighted an area for improvement.

“What was really lacking in recent years was leadership,” he said.

“He’s got to really command the back line now, because too many goals have been conceded.

“They need to become stronger as a unit. I think he’s got it, he’s still pretty young, he played for Schalke for a number of years and was very impressive there.”

Hamann also outlined his target for the Reds: “They’ve got to prove they’re a Champions League team; in the Champions League, and also in the league again.”

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