Liverpool have been quite busy in the summer transfer window so far, and Michael Owen is not surprised by that.
The Merseyside outfit, who finished second in the Premier League last season, have made three major signings.
First, England international forward Rickie Lambert joined the Reds from Southampton for £4 million. Then midfielder Emre Can moved to Anfield from Bayer Leverkusen for just under £10m and Adam Lallana followed Lambert from the Saints for £23m.
Last season, the Reds left it quite late in the summer transfer window to make their signings.
Although the former English and European champions recruited Luis Alberto, Iago Aspas, Simon Mignolet and Kolo Toure by July 2, they then had to wait for a while to confirm the arrival of three more players: Mamadou Sakho, Aly Cissokho and Victor Moses.
In the summer of 2012, Fabio Borini, Joe Allen and Oussama Assaidi were signed, but two of them arrived in August.
Owen believes that Liverpool and their manager Brendan Rodgers have learned from their mistakes in the past, which is why they have started doing business early this time.
‘I'm not surprised by the speed of their transfers as I think they have learnt the lessons of their first transfer window after Brendan Rodgers took charge’, the 34-year-old wrote on Sportlobstercom. ‘Things were left until very late in the day and they certainly seemed to pay the price for being slow off the mark’.
However, Owen has once again underlined a key area where Liverpool have to add reinforcements: their defence.
‘That said, I am surprised that they haven't done more business as yet in regard to their defensive shortcomings last season and I really feel that they need to address this if they are to push on from their magnificent season last term’, added the former Manchester United and Real Madrid striker.
One of the main reasons why Liverpool failed to win the Premier League title last season was because of their leaky defence.
The Reds conceded no fewer than 50 goals in the league – 13 more than eventual champions Manchester City and almost double than Chelsea, who finished third.
Although one could argue that it was because of the style in which Liverpool played, they do need to add more steel to their backline and make sure that they defend better.
Many have suggested that Liverpool need to sign a right-back as well as a centre-back, and perhaps even a defensive midfielder. Mignolet did commit a few errors last season and the former Sunderland goalkeeper will have to step up his game next season.
There is still time for Rodgers to make the defensive signings that he needs. After all, the ongoing 2014 World Cup has not made it easy for Liverpool and other clubs to go full-on in the transfer market.
If by the start of the 2014-15 season Liverpool have still not added defensive reinforcements, then that could be a problem.