John Arne Riise identifies four positions he thinks Liverpool need to strengthen in

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Riise seems to think a new spine of the team is in order at Anfield next season.

Former Liverpool left-back John Arne Riise has indicated that the Reds need a new spine to the team next season.

In an interview with Goal, Riise identified four key positions where he thinks the Reds need to strengthen, and was the latest former Liverpool player to say the club can't rely on Daniel Sturridge.

Riise said: "I think that the central lines in every department have to be changed. I think we need a goalkeeper, a real leader at centre-back, a central midfielder and also a centre-forward. Daniel Sturridge is a fantastic striker but he spends more time on the sidelines than playing - and that is not good for the club."

Certainly, many have suggested that Jurgen Klopp will be busy during the summer transfer window, and has got down to business quite early.

The signing of teenager Marko Grujic from Red Star Belgrade was confirmed in January - with the Serbian midfielder to arrive at the club in the summer, while Joel Matip's signing on a free transfer from Schalke has also been confirmed ahead of next season. 

It's unclear as to whether Grujic will be regarded as a player who can play regularly for the first team given his age, but given the experience of Matip - and the glowing comments that followed from Klopp - it's hard to think that he won't be a regular fixture at the heart of the Reds' defence from the start of next season. 

As for the strikers, despite Sturridge's return to the side, it is difficult to rely on a forward that has had such a retched injury record over the past couple of years. Danny Ings is expected to return from an ACL injury by the summer while Christian Benteke has struggled for goals and Divock Origi is still young. It might be a case for the Liverpool manager to see what can be produced between now and the end of the season with the options he has available for him then to assess whether he needs reinforcements in the final third of the field. 

The goalkeeping area is one place where few fans would seem to argue - as Simon Mignolet has still failed to convince many, despite recently putting pen-to-paper on a new contract at the club.

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