Jamie Carragher explains what kind of player Liverpool need in January

5 Dec 1998:  Jamie Carragher of Liverpool organises at the back in the FA Carling Premiership match against Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane in London. Spurs won 2-1. \ Mandatory...

Jurgen Klopp's Liverpool appear to be genuine contenders to take the Premier League title away from Manchester City this season.

Liverpool's German manager Jurgen Klopp smiles on the pitch at the end of the UEFA Champions League Group E football match between Liverpool and Spartak Moscow at Anfield in Liverpool,...

Is this current Liverpool team good enough to win the Premier League?

That is the question on the lips of fans and pundits alike, with Jurgen Klopp’s side going into the second international break unbeaten after eight games and level on points at the top of the table with Manchester City and Chelsea. But there is a sense that Liverpool have not even hit top gear yet, especially in attack.

The Reds have scored less goals than City, Chelsea, Arsenal and even Bournemouth and struggled to break down Pep Guardiola’s champions during the goalless draw at Anfield on Sunday.

 

Speaking to This is Anfield, Jamie Carragher has implored Liverpool to sign a creative midfielder in the mould of Phillipe Coutinho capable of carving open tight defences and turn those draws into wins.

“I just look at that midfield and I think we’re missing that Coutinho type of player. Obviously, we went in for (Nabil) Fekir, so we’re obviously looking for someone like that,” said the former Liverpool defender.

“We’re trying to compete with City, and I look and they’ve got (Kevin) De Bruyne and (David) Silva in there. I don’t think we’ve got that sort of player.

22nd April 2018, Etihad Stadium, Manchester, England; EPL Premier League football, David Silva of Manchester City is congratulated by Kevin de Bruyne after scoring the first goal of the...

“We’ve got different types of players and we don’t play the same as them. But, now and again at Anfield, you’re going to need someone to open up teams and do something a little bit clever.”

As reported by the Mail, Liverpool were very close to signing Lyon attacker Fekir in a £53 million, £140k-a-week deal, only for the medical to flag up a potential fitness problem with the France international.

And perhaps Carragher is right. In the absence of Coutinho, Liverpool’s midfield is high on perspiration but perhaps lacking in inspiration.

Philippe Coutinho of Liverpool in action during the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool at Wembley Stadium on October 22, 2017 in London, England.

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