Liverpool signing more attackers would be a mistake, says John Barnes

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Liverpool legend John Barnes has urged the club to invest in defensive-minded players rather than attackers this month.

With the club in need of some significant investment, Liverpool have already been linked with a large number of players throughout Europe this January transfer window.

However, according to John Barnes, any interest in signing attacking players is a waste of time and won't be beneficial to the club.

Brendan Rodgers has been linked with moves for Edinson Cavani, Xherdan Shaqiri and Saido Berahino of late, with the latter in that trio seeming the most likely at present.

Barnes, who scored 84 goals in 314 games for Liverpool, told talkSPORT that the club need to prioritise defensive signings over attacking for the sake of team balance.

He said: “Liverpool don’t need any more attacking players, we need defensive midfielders and defenders.

“The solution to winning more matches isn’t always signing more attackers, particularly if you haven’t got the right balance in the squad.

“Chelsea have the right balance, if you look at the defenders and more defensive-minded midfielders they have in their team.

“So for us to be looking to sign more attacking players, it doesn’t make sense for me. We need to get better defensive midfield players and defenders in our squad.”

With Steven Gerrard set to leave at the end of the season, Rodgers must begin his search for the 34-year-old's successor. There are few out there who could join and have the same impact that Gerrard does but nevertheless there are options.

Fabian Delph is out of contract at the end of the season and could be available at a cut price during this window. Morgan Schneiderlin is a top defensive midfielder and his future at Southampton is still a little unclear. Even Yohan Cabaye would be a good addition and he's currently out of favour at PSG. 

It's hard to disagree with Barnes' comments; when Daniel Sturridge finally returns he will be like a new signing. Signing a new midfielder, defender and perhaps goalkeeper, would give Liverpool a much greater chance of finishing in one of the Premier League's six European positions come the end of the season.

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