Peter Crouch claims Liverpool need to strengthen in three areas before the transfer window slams shut.
The Reds got their Premier League title defence off to a shaky start as they edged a seven-goal thriller against newly-promoted Leeds at the weekend thanks to Mo Salah’s late penalty.
Jurgen Klopp has only added Kostas Tsimikas to his squad this summer, despite the strong links to Bayern Munich midfielder Thiago Alcantara.
Former Kop favourite Crouch believes his old club need to bring in three players to bolster their squad for the long season ahead.
He wrote told the Daily Mail : “It’s never a bad thing to bring in new players to freshen things up.
” Liverpool are still my idea of champions and their squad is fantastic but there are always areas that need some investment.
“I looked at the defence against Leeds. They have got three great players in Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez and Joel Matip but I believe they could do with another addition there, as I wouldn’t want to see Fabinho used as the fourth-choice central defender.
“Look at the second goal they conceded, to Patrick Bamford. It was a rare mistake by Van Dijk that had a hint of complacency about it. Does he make the same mistake if Liverpool have signed a central defender this summer and pressure is being applied to his place? Competition raises your standards by an extra one or two per cent.
“There are only so many times Mohamed Salah, who baled out his team, and Sadio Mane can produce heroics.
“Adding another midfielder — such as Bayern Munich’s Thiago Alcantara — or back-up striker would be welcomed.”
One player who Crouch believes Liverpool should have moved for is Timo Werner after seeing the forward sign for Chelsea instead.
He added: “I have a feeling they missed a trick.”