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Graeme Souness urges Liverpool to sign two new midfielders

Souness urges Liverpool to sign two new midfielders
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Liverpool will have to splash out on two midfielders this summer if they are to realistically compete with Manchester City next season, according to Graeme Souness.

Liverpool great Graeme Souness has urged the club to bring in "a couple of high-intensity, athletic midfielders" if they are to challenge for the Premier League title next season.

The Reds have endured a disastrous title defence this time around, sitting 12 points off top spot and in a scrap to even qualify for the Champions League.

Losing a number of key players to long-term injuries has not helped Jurgen Klopp, with central-defensive pair Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez among those to miss the vast majority of the campaign.

While Souness acknowledged the importance of getting those players back to full fitness, the Scotsman also warned that his former side must spend this summer if they are to get back on track under Klopp.

"If Jurgen Klopp continues to play this way, which he will, Liverpool need to sign a couple of high-intensity, athletic midfielders," he told The Times.

"They also need their central defensive partnership of Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez back fit and settled, Alisson [Becker] back to the form he's shown before this season and Sadio Mane to start scoring again.

"Also, Diogo Jota, who has proved a good signing, needs to keep putting the front three under pressure for their places, if they want to get back to challenging Man City again."

Liverpool are back in Premier League action on Monday evening with a trip to Leeds United.

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