Three key signings that Liverpool should make

By Mark Peters IN General,Transfers - 20:00 Nov 13th 2016

If you were to ask most Liverpool fans which three areas of their team need strengthening, then left-back, goalkeeper and possibly centre-back would likely be the most popular responses.

Were the club to address this trio of problem positions, then who would be the most realistic signings that they could target?

GOALKEEPER – JOE HART

The summer signing of Loris Karius meant that the Reds didn’t move for Joe Hart when he became available towards the end of the last transfer window. Instead it was Torino who secured a loan deal for the England international and they have been rewarded with some impressive performances in Serie A:

Joe
Hart
versusLoris
Karius
GLKPOSITIONGLK
29Y 6MAGE23Y 4M
6FT 3INHEIGHT6FT 2IN
14ST 4LBWEIGHT11ST 4LB
 
SA | TNO | | LIV | PL
06/16 - 06/1706/16 - 06/17
10
STARTS
6
900
MINS
PLAYED
540
2
CLEAN
SHEETS
1
12
GOALS
AGAINST
6
75
MINS PER
GOALS A
90
74
SHOTS
SAVED %
70
4
TOTAL
2

Although clean sheets have proven relatively hard to come by, the 29-year-old has saved an impressive 74% of the shots that he has faced, some 4% more than Karius has managed in the Premier League. He also has a far better command of his area than the young German and clearly has no future at parent club Manchester City.

LEFT-BACK – AARON CRESSWELL

It is a sign of the progress he has made since joining West Ham United that Liverpool-born Aaron Cresswell is currently involved in Gareth Southgate’s England set-up. Over the course of his first two campaigns in the Premier League, the left-back missed just a single match, impressing with the consistency of his performances:

Aaron Cresswell
POS: DEFAGE: 26Y 10M
HEIGHT: 5FT 7INWEIGHT: 10ST 5LB
PL | West Ham | 14/1515/16 | West Ham | PL
GOALS
CLEAN
SHEETS
GAMES
GAMES
CLEAN
SHEETS
GOALS
3
AUG
4
2
3
SEP
3
1
1
3
OCT
4
1
2
4
NOV
3
1
6
DEC
4
3
1
1
4
JAN
4
1
1
4
FEB
4
2
1
3
MAR
3
1
1
1
4
APR
5
1
1
1
4
MAY
3
2
9
38
TOTAL
37
11
2

Playing a part in 20 top-flight clean sheets was certainly no mean feat, whilst the 26-year-old also showed off the attacking side to his game by weighing in with four goals. James Milner has done admirably filling in at the position, but a natural left-footer is surely needed to provide the side with better balance.

CENTRE-BACK – JONATHAN TAH

Dejan Lovren and Joel Matip are only in the early stages of their centre-back partnership, though they have not looked particularly secure so far. Time may help them to iron out the mistakes, though if they do opt for a change then Bayer Leverkusen’s Jonathan Tah would be an excellent choice:

Jonathan
Tah
versusJoel
Matip
DEFPOSITIONDEF
20Y 9MAGE25Y 3M
6FT 4INHEIGHT6FT 3IN
14ST 13LBWEIGHT14ST 13LB
 
BL | B04 | | S04 | BL
06/15 - 06/1606/15 - 06/16
29
STARTS
34
2565
MINS
PLAYED
3060
GOALS
SCORED
3
GOALS
HEAD/FOOT
H
3
ASSISTS
3
13
CLEAN
SHEETS
8
28
GOALS
AGAINST
49
92
MINS PER
GOALS A
62
3
TOTAL
4

Still just 20 years of age, the Germany international is an absolute defensive colossus, dominating opponents with his sheer physical strength. Last season in the Bundesliga, he helped his team to keep 13 clean sheets in 29 appearances, some five more than Matip managed in his 34 outings for Schalke.

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