Steve McManaman outlines what Liverpool's transfer approach should be, names two players he would offer contracts

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The former Reds hero believes Jurgen Klopp only needs to "beef up" his squad rather than overhauling it this summer.

Former Liverpool hero Steve McManaman has told the Independent that Jurgen Klopp should be looking to simply "beef up" his squad this summer rather than overhauling it, and insists he would like to see players such as Kolo Toure and Joe Allen stay at the club.

Klopp is looking ahead to his first pre-season and summer transfer window in England, and some reports have suggested that he is set to make wholesale changes to his squad as he looks to put his own stamp on the club.

Speculation has been rife the futures of a host of stars, but McManaman believes it should be a case of adding more quality and quantity to the Reds squad rather than undergoing a complete reformation this summer.

The 44-year-old admitted he would like to see the club offer valuable squad players such as Allen and Toure new contracts as the club looks to return to being a main competitor on both the domestic and European stage.

The two-time European Cup-winner told the Independent: "I’d rather have a beefed up squad. They need to bring in a few players in the summer to improve it. It’s quite easy just to get rid of experienced players - for example Joe Allen, who’s been really good lately - but I’d rather have them.

"When there are a few injuries it looks a bit threadbare. There have been a lot of debuts for a lot of younger kids. So I don’t mind the likes of Toure and Allen signing new contracts.”

"The fact that I can name eight [kids] who have played, while brilliant for the academy, shows that the first-team squad needs beefing. That wouldn’t happen at the likes of Man City, Arsenal or Chelsea."

Liverpool will particularly need a large squad next season if they achieve their aim of qualifying for Europe, which they are still competing for on two fronts.

In the league, the Reds are currently seventh, just a single point behind West Ham in sixth with the teams finishing in fifth and sixth all but certain to qualify for at least the pre-group-stage round of the Europa League.

However, if Klopp's side were to go all the way in this season's competition, they would secure a spot in next season's Champions League.

Liverpool face Villarreal in the first leg of their Europa League semi-final at El Madrigal this evening.

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