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Jurgen Klopp insists Liverpool will strengthen squad

Klopp vows to buy replacement for Coutinho

Liverpool manager has vowed to bolster his squad this summer and highlighted his midfield options as an area where more depth is required.

Klopp, 50, outlined Adam Lallana’s injury-plagued season as a reason for summer additions, as well as the January departure of Philippe Coutinho to Barcelona.

‘You need additions because in the squad, actually, we need more quality,’ Klopp said in an interview with Robbie Fowler for The Mirror. ‘That is not to get rid of players but you have to mix it up a little bit.

‘What do we do? We brought in Naby Keita already, an outstanding player. We will bring in a couple more players, that will happen. But we had the quality of players already to finish the season higher.

‘Think about the season we played without Adam Lallana and half a season without Philippe Coutinho. Two of the best players in whole Premier League. They didn’t play on the pitch for us.

‘Can you imagine Phil Coutinho still in the team? And we play with the three up front (Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah) and Phil at No 8 – that would have been nice.’

‘Adam, Emre Can, Alex Oxlade Chamberlain, the last few weeks, having them around would be a big plus and them in the final would be a big plus,’ Klopp said.

‘So to come here without them shows the character in the team and that is the basis for all. Character and mentality, we have it and it makes all the difference.’

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