Jurgen Klopp will not be scratching his head when it comes to which positions need strengthening at Liverpool.
Many of the Reds’ problems are long-standing, and it appears the manager is planning for both the short-term and long-term when it comes to his summer targets.
The Independent have revealed a five-man list of priority signings, with left-backs leading the way.
Ryan Sessegnon (Fulham)
The 16-year-old is rated at £15million and could be easier to tempt now that Fulham will not be playing Premier League football next season.
Andrew Robertson (Hull City)
The only concern is that Sessegnon is too young to immediately replace James Milner – or the hapless Alberto Moreno – at left-back. With that in mind, Klopp may look to Hull’s Robertson to plug the gap for now.
Timo Werner (RB Leipzig)
Their financial clout means they won’t have won too many admirers, but Leipzig have nevertheless been a revelation in the Bundesliga. That has attracted plenty of interest in 21-year-old forward Werner, who has netted 21 times this season. The German could serve as a replacement for Daniel Sturridge, who by contrast, has found the back of the net three times in the league.
Naby Keita (RB Leipzig)
Werner’s team-mate Keita is also on the list. The box-to-box midfielder never made it in Ligue 1, but he has finally found his feet in Germany and could add some much-needed energy to Liverpool’s central midfield.
Virgil van Dijk (Southampton)
Chelsea are still leading the race for the centre-back, but if that should fall through, he remains Liverpool’s number one choice in that position. The Dutchman has spent much of the season on the sidelines, but he is still likely to cost around £50million.