Liverpool legend Jan Molby thinks the club are short in one key area

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Jan Molby has been examining Liverpool's midfield options.

Former Liverpool midfielder Jan Molby has said in the Liverpool Echo that he is happy with the business the club has done this summer, but he can't help but feel they are light in one position.

The Reds have brought in seven players during the current transfer window as they look to bounce back from a disappointing 2014/15 campaign which saw the Reds finish in sixth place in the Premier League and without a trophy for the third consecutive season. 

In his column for the Liverpool Echo, Molby explains he would have liked to have seen another specialist defensive midfielder brought into the club. 

He said: "For me, Liverpool's best football in the last 10 years or so has come when they've used a specialist holding midfielder - whether that was Didi Hamann, Javier Mascherano, Xabi Alonso or even Lucas Leiva.

"At present, Lucas is the only 'No.6' midfield player at the club, but there are doubts as to whether he will play regularly. I'm not sure Emre Can, for all his qualities, has the selflessness and positional discipline to play a holding role.

"Obviously there is good energy in there with the likes of Jordan Henderson and James Milner, but I do think Liverpool could maybe use an extra specialist midfield player."

As it stands, it looks as if Liverpool could start the season with a midfield trio of Henderson, Milner and Philippe Coutinho - which is a mix of creativity and a lot of energy, signalling some aggression. Perhaps with a natural defensive midfielder, it would be hard to channel that sort of aggression into a pressing game, and when times get difficult during matches, Milner and Henderson are likely to sit in front of the back line for certain periods.

There is the option of Lucas Leiva playing in that role if needs be, while Joe Allen has also played the deeper role in the past. There is a question mark over Emre Can. He is such a dynamic player that he looks as if he could play any role in the middle of the park, but there have been a couple of occasions he has filled a holding post and looked lost - but at 21, it's certainly a role he could learn. Whether that is where he is best used, remains to be seen. 

It will be interesting to see how the Liverpool midfield functions this season in certain games, and whether this is one aspect of the side that Liverpool will regret not addressing this summer once the competitive fixtures get underway. 

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