For Liverpool fans, this summer transfer window has been a frustrating one.
They have watched on as their rivals have made signings and strengthened, while the Reds have brought in just one first team player.
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Mohamed Salah joined the Merseyside club for just short of their record fee of £35million and is undoubtedly a big coup for Jurgen Klopp.
His electric pace and composure in front of goal has seen the Egyptian international go from a Premier League flop to one of Serie A’s best in the 2016/17 campaign.
The 25-year-old netted 19 times in all competitions, with 15 of those coming in the league, and he also came up with 11 assists.
It seems to be a great bit of business from Liverpool, adding Salah to their attacking trio of Phillipe Coutinho, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane.
The Reds did also bring in youngster Dominic Solanke from Champions Chelsea, although his first team involvement is expected to be limited.
That being said, it is still another good signing from Klopp as he has bags of potential, something which was clear for everyone to see when he picked up the Golden Ball in England’s under 20’s World Cup triumph.
It’s an award Lionel Messi previously picked up, so here’s hoping that Solanke follows in his footsteps.
That would be very optimistic though, and it has to be said that Liverpool’s business so far has been hugely underwhelming.
There’s still plenty of time remaining in the two-month long window, however if the Reds are to bring silverware to Anfield this season they definitely need to add to their current squad.
One thing that has been a reoccurring problem for the club in the past is depth, as outside their strongest eleven there has been a lack of quality.
If you look back at their failed title attempts in previous years and assess the substitutes available they hardly inspire, missing a player or two who can change a game.
Then, there’s the small matter of a return to Europe’s biggest stage, as Klopp’s men are a qualifier away from securing their place in the Champions League.
Liverpool have had huge success in the competition over the years, but they will be looking to avoid their last UCL campaign under Brendan Rodgers where they failed to progress from a seemingly easy group.
That is reason enough to bring in some big names, and there are some areas where improvement is definitely needed.
The obvious one to start with is centre-back, a position which the Merseyside outfit have struggling in over recent years.
Dejan Lovren has been hit and miss, while Mamadou Sakho has been exiled by Klopp as the club look to sell the French international for £30million.
Ragnar Klavan has shown some glimpses in a few solid displays but has not been convincing, with Joel Matip without a doubt the strongest centre-half in their ranks.
It is no secret that The Reds have butchered their attempted transfer of Virgil Van Dijk, having to apologise for speaking to the player without permission which resulted in having to end their interest.
There has always been questions over the Southampton defender’s price tag, although his performances last season have shown that he would definitely improve Liverpool’s back four if he was acquired.
Some reports suggest the deal could still happen before the end of the transfer window, but the club need to start looking for alternatives sooner rather than later to shore up their defence.
Staying at the back, there’s a need for an out and out left-back despite the admirable performances of James Milner in red since filling in the role.
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Alberto Moreno was found out far too many times, leading to the former England international standing in as a makeshift fullback.
Milner’s dedication to the cause is something you cannot question, and he always gives 100 percent when he pulls on the shirt, but at times last campaign he was targeted.
It is a position which has caused headaches for some time now at Anfield, with John Arne Riise the last player to impress at left-back.
There have been some pretty poor attempts on the left side of Liverpool’s defence in the past, and they have shown interest in a number of players in that position during the current window.
Ryan Sessegnon was the number one target before signing a contract extension with Fulham, and if Klopp’s side are to challenge on all fronts they will want to have an out-and-out left-back in their ranks.
Finally, a centre-midfielder would not go a miss, and if they were to improve in the middle of the park it could go a long way to taking the club to the next level.
It may have been the loss of Jordan Henderson to injury, but The Reds looked to be beaten too many times in that area of the field towards the back end of the season.
Emre Can did step up with some improved performances, but is another player who can have his bad days as well as good.
Adam Lallana came on leaps and bounds but with his high work ethic has seen him become susceptible to injury niggles, and he could miss some key games during the season.
Georginio Wijnaldum stepped up in the absence of Liverpool’s captain and had a brilliant first season in red, but as mentioned they return to the European stage and depth in the middle would be a luxury they need to possess.
The Naby Keita saga rumbles on, and there is some uncertainty as to whether he will appear at Melwood in the coming weeks, with a hefty price tag and a club seemingly unwilling to let go of their star man.
Goalkeeping issues have been a problem, but Simon Mignolet improved after winning his place back from Loris Karius, and while an out-and-out striker would be nice there are still a lot of goals in the current squad.
Klopp definitely needs to bring in some new talent if he wants to take the club to the heights they aspire to be at, but there is still time for plenty of twists this summer.